Dr François Blanciak







François Blanciak


 Room 516A, G04 'Wilkinson Building', 148 City Road, The University of Sydney, NSW 2006

 T +61 2 9351 6863  | F +61 2 9351 3343


Research Areas | Units and Programs | Academic Qualifications | Professional Experience | Memberships and Associations | Biography | Publications and Outputs

Research areas:

  • Criticism of architectural form
  • Design theory

Units taught and programs:

  • MARC5001 | Graduation Studio
  • MARC4102 | Modern Architectural Theory

Academic Qualifications

  • PhD | University of Tokyo
  • M.Arch | University of Tokyo
  • DPLG | École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Grenoble

Professional Experience

2012- | Lecturer in Architecture, University of Sydney

2011-2012 | Assistant Professor of Architecture, Sungkyunkwan University, Seoul

2011 | Guest Critic, University of Michigan

2011 | Guest Instructor, Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen

2010 | Guest Critic, Rice School of Architecture, Houston

2009-2010 | Teaching Assistant, University of Tokyo

2007- | Founder, François Blanciak Architect, Tokyo

2003-2004 | Architect, Gehry Partners, Los Angeles

2003 | Architect, PLOT, Copenhagen

2001-2002 | Architect, OMA Asia, Hong Kong

1999-2000 | Intern, Eisenman Architects, New York

Memberships and Associations

Member | Registered Architect, Ordre des Architectes, Paris (since 2006).


François Blanciak is a French architect and Lecturer in Architecture at the University of Sydney. Prior to completing both his Master’s and PhD at the University of Tokyo, he has worked for architectural firms in Los Angeles, Copenhagen, Hong Kong, and New York, with architects including Frank Gehry and Peter Eisenman. He has also studied architecture at University College Dublin, McGill University, and ENSA Grenoble.

His work has been exhibited at various venues, including the Canadian Center for Architecture and the Venice Architecture Biennale. François previously taught as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Architecture of Sungkyunkwan University in Seoul, served as an invited design critic at Rice University, and has lectured at Tunghai University, the University of Michigan, and Tsinghua University.

As a practicing architect holding a French registration, he has entered numerous competitions and has won several awards, including the International Architectural Award from the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design in 2012. He is the author of SITELESS: 1001 Building Forms (MIT Press, 2008).

Selected Publications and Outputs

Book Chapters | Journal Articles | Exhibitions | Research Grants and Awards | Public Lectures and Presentations | Architectural Design


2008 | Blanciak, François. SITELESS: 1001 Building Forms. Cambridge: MIT Press, 2008.

2008 | Blanciak, François. Ex Situ: Mille et Une Formes d'Architecture. Marseille: Parenthèses, 2008.

Book Chapters

2011 | Blanciak, François. "Croquis." In Contre-Attaques, edited by Alain Jugnon, 127-129 & 331-333. Marseille: Al Dante, 2011.

2010 | Blanciak, François. "Bracket Towers." In What Architects Desire, edited by Cordula Rau, 12-13. New York: Springer, 2010.

Journal Articles

2010 | Blanciak, François. "Siteless." Junk Jet 3 (Stuttgart: Igmade, 2010): 32-33.

2009 | Blanciak, François. "Forms." Volume 21 (New York: Columbia University/Archis, 2009): 12,80,146.

2009 | Blanciak, François. "Siteless Geography." New Geographies 1 (Cambridge: Harvard Graduate School of Design, 2009): 90-97.

2008 | Blanciak, François. "Nine Building Forms." Face B 1 (Paris: Monografik, 2008): 130-141.


2012 | Istanbul Biennale: Chicago Athenaeum International Architecture Awards exhibition

2010 | Venice Architecture Biennale: German pavilion, Sehnsucht, group show

2009 | Massachussetts Museum of Contemporary Art: Drawing Building, group show

2009 | Canadian Center for Architecture: SITELESS display

2008 | Museum of Estonian Architecture: Estonian Academy of Arts competition winners exhibition

Research Grants and Awards

2012 | Chicago Athenaeum International Architecture Award, HA tower project in Tokyo

2004-2010 | Japanese Ministry of Education and Science Research Fellowship

2008 | Purchase Prize for Sashimi, international competition entry for the Estonian Academy of Arts

Public Lectures and Presentations

2012 | Sungkyunkwan University, Department of Architecture, Seoul

2012 | University of Sydney, Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning

2011 | Tsinghua University, School of Architecture, Beijing

2011 | University of Michigan, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Ann Arbor

2011 | Tunghai University, Department of Architecture, Taichung, Taiwan

Architectural Design

2011 | HA Tower: 800m² housing tower in Tokyo

2010 | Ohara Residence: 200m² house project in Tokyo

2009 | Dunkirk Arts Quarter: 12,000m² cultural complex in Dunkirk, France (competition)

2009 | Dubai Tower: 5,000m² observation tower in Dubai (competition)

2009 | Beirut House of Arts and Culture: 15,000m² cultural complex in Lebanon (competition)

2008 | Sundsvall Theater: 20,000m² performing arts center in Sweden (competition)

2008 | Lima Tower: 9,000m² housing tower in Peru (competition)

2008 | Estonian Academy of Arts: 27,000m² academic complex in Tallinn, Estonia (competition. Purchase Prize:USD17,000)

2008 | Incheon Tower: 45,000m² observation tower in Cheongna, South Korea (competition)

2008 | Taipei Performing Arts Center: 40 000m² cultural center in Taiwan (competition)

2007 | Daejeon Landmark: 227,000m² mixed-use building in Daejeon, South Korea (competition)

2006 | Yoyogi Building: 500m² mixed-use building in Tokyo