Nicolas M.J Lee (b.1989) is a New York-based designer currently working at HWKN (Hollwich Kushner). Nicolas graduated from the Masters in Architecture II (Post-professional) program at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design, where he was the recipient of the JCHS Outstanding Housing Design Prize and ASLA Student Honor Award. At the GSD, he studied with Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron in the Harvard-ETH Joint Studio (Contemporary City Institute) in Basel, Nathalie de Vries (MVRDV) in her option studio, and Christopher C.M Lee (Serie Architects) in the AECOM Project on China studio. Nicolas also completed coursework and worked as a Research Assistant / Project Designer in the MIT Design Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 2013 and 2014, he took a gap year from his graduate studies and worked at Rem Koolhaas' Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA/AMO) and MVRDV in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
Nicolas holds the Bachelor of Architecture, Cum Laude, Professional degree from Syracuse University's School of Architecture in New York, where he completed his thesis titled - The City Within The City. The project was selected for the Thesis Awards Jury at Syracuse Architecture, and was awarded Dean's Citation for Excellence in Thesis Design, Furthermore, the project received Second Prize in Re-thinking the Future's International Architecture Thesis Awards in 2013. Nicolas was also a recipient of the Syracuse University Chancellor's Scholarship and Dean's List. In his 4th year at Syracuse, he studied with Joshua Prince-Ramus (RE X) in the New York City Urban studio, and studied abroad in Italy with the Syracuse Florence Program. Previously, he studied Real Estate Design and Development with Jared Delle Valle and AJ Pires from Alloy Development. In the past, he has worked as an architectural intern, a project manager assistant, a freelance designer, a project collaborator, a graphic designer and a teaching assistant.
Nicolas is co-founder of the international architecture collective bluefoamit. Their project "On the Move" received Runner-up (Rouen, FR) and Selected finalist (Schiedam, NL) in the Europan12competition. "On the Move" has been published and exhibited in Europe. Nicolas also co-founded Atelier 2B, an architecture collective based in Cambridge, MA. Since its establishment in 2015, Atelier 2B has received several awards including Winner in ChiDesign CADE Competition, Jury's List in the Next Helsinki Competition and Finalist in the Young Architects Competition.
Nicolas was born in Hong Kong, but has also lived in Vancouver and Toronto.
HWKN (Hollwich Kushner), New York, NY, US, Architectural Designer
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA, US, Design Researcher / Project Designer
OMA, Rotterdam, NL, Trainee Architect
MVRDV, Rotterdam, NL, Assistant Architect
Andrew Lee King Fun and Associates Architects, Hong Kong, HK, Intern Architect
Henderson Land Development Co. Ltd., Hong Kong, HK, Project Management Assistant
Hong Kong Institute of Architects, Hong Kong, HK, Summer Graphic Designer
The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, HK, Career Discovery Course Teaching Assistant
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, US, MArch, Masters in Architecture II (Post-professional)
Basel Studio w/ Jacques Herzog & Pierre de Meuron (HdeM)
Option Studio w/ Nathalie de Vries (MVRDV)
AECOM Project on China Studio w/ Christopher C.M. Lee (Serie Architects)
Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, US, BArch, Bachelor of Architecture
Graduated Cum Laude
New York City Urban Studio w/ Joshua Prince-Ramus (RE X)
Florence Study Abroad Program
The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, HK, Summer Career Discovery Program at the Faculty of Architecture
Nomination, James Templeton Kelley Prize, Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Nomination
Jury's List, The Next Helsinki Competition, Nomination
Winner, ChiDesign CADE Competition, 1st Place
Finalist, YAC Young Architects Competitions, Nomination
Harvard University Graduate School of Design Travel Grant, Grant
Special Mention, Europan12 (Schiedam NL), Nomination
First Runner Up, Europan12 (Rouen FR), 2nd Place
Syracuse Architecture Thesis Super Jury Selection, Award
Dean's Citation for Excellence in Thesis Design, Award
Syracuse University Dean's list, Award
Syracuse University Chancellor's Scholarship - 5 Years, Scholarship