Karen Lee

Karen Lee

New York, NY, US


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I have a passion for the “making of things” – whether it is a building, an artifact, or a drawing. I enjoy investigating how to give tangibility to a concept, and how to let it communicate intelligently and effectively. I am able to not only collaborate and contribute in a team, but also complete individual tasks efficiently and promptly. I am skilled in computer programs such as Rhino, AutoCAD, Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, digital fabrication such as 3D printers and laser cutters, woodworking, and crafting architectural models by hand. When encountering a task, I am confident in my ability to learn and adapt quickly, which is what pushes me to take risks, experiment with various design tools, and explore in different aspects of the design field.


Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, New York, NY, US, Project Coordinator/Consultant (Global Store Design)

• Project tracking, updating and organizing project schedules.
• Communicating with regional teams on projects of various phases.
• Building digital models of fixture designs, creating renderings of store designs, and editing digital drawings.
• Compiling and editing the graphic layout of the sourcebook “Store Design/Visual Merchandising Brand Standards,” and presentations.

Sep 2014 - current

Chanel, New York, NY, US, Architecture Intern (Global Store Design)

• Internship at the Global Store Design/Architecture Department.
• Gathering, organizing, inputting, and updating project data, material information, and project schedules.
• Interacting with regional teams, consultants, vendors, and professionals from other departments.
• Attending meetings with architects, project managers, contractors, store planners, and landlords.
• Boutique/project site visits; boutique network analysis, studies, and exercises.
• Compiling presentations, photo-books, and other graphic representation.

Jun 2014 - Aug 2014

KieranTimberlake, Philadelphia, PA, US, Spring Break Externship

• Spring Break Externship Program through Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning.
• Participating in different projects of various phases; tasks include reviewing drawings from contractors, conducting research, collaging renderings, and attending internal office meetings.

Mar 2014 - Mar 2014

U. Sean Vance Architecture, Ann Arbor, MI, US, Design Research Intern

• Summer/research internship.
• Collecting and organizing information for the architect's research projects.
• Editing drawings, diagrams, digital models, and renderings.

Jul 2013 - Aug 2013

Maryann Thompson Architects, Boston, MA, US, Spring Break Externship

• Spring Break Externship Program through Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning.
• Making physical models, organizing portfolios, and attending client meetings.

Mar 2013 - Mar 2013


University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, US, Bachelors, Architecture

• 3 pre-architecture studio courses (technical drawing, model-making, 3D modeling)
• 4 architecture design studio courses
• 2 architecture history courses
• 2 architectural theory courses
• 2 structure courses
• 2 construction courses
• 2 sustainable systems courses
• Spring and Summer study abroad programs in Grenoble, France
• other supplementary courses such as calculus, physics, French, English, graphic design, paper engineering etc.

Sep 2010 - May 2014


James B. Angell Scholar Award, Award

Achieved an "A" record for seven consecutive terms.


Annual Student Show Exhibit @ Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Nomination

Work selected to participate in the school's annual student show exhibit.


Strosberg Scholarship, Scholarship

One of two recipients of the Undergraduate Architecture Incoming Merit-Based Scholarships.


Areas of Specialization 


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