Nicolas Lee

Nicolas Lee

New York, NY, US


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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, New York, NY, US, Architectural Designer

Sep 2015 - current

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA, US, Project Designer/Research Assistant

Apr 2015 - Sep 2015

OMA, Rotterdam, NL, Intern Architect

Feb 2014 - Aug 2014

MVRDV, Rotterdam, NL, Assistant Architect

May 2013 - Dec 2013

Andrew Lee King Fun and Associates Architects, Hong Kong, HK, Intern Architect

Jul 2010 - Aug 2010

Henderson Land Development Co. Ltd., Hong Kong, HK, Project Management Assistant

Jun 2009 - Aug 2009

Hong Kong Institute of Architects, Hong Kong, HK, Summer Graphic Designer

Jun 2008 - Aug 2008

The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, HK, Career Discovery Course Teaching Assistant

Jul 2006 - Jul 2006


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)
Class Representative
Asia GSD

Sep 2012 - May 2015

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

Sep 2007 - May 2012

The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, HK, Summer Career Discovery Program at the Faculty of Architecture

Jul 2005 - Jul 2005


ChiDesign CADE Competition, 1st Place

Competition Entry "Soft in the Middle: The Collaborative Core" in collaboration with Yewon Ji and Ryan Otterson.


Finalist, YAC Young Architects Competitions, Nomination

In collaboration with Yewon Ji & Ryan Otterson


ASLA Student Honor Award (Residential Category), Award

"Within The Frame" in collaboration with Carly Augustine.


Outstanding Housing Design Prize, The Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University, Award

"Within The Frame" in collaboration with Carly Augustine.


The Next Helsinki Competition, Nomination

In Collaboration with Ryan Otterson


Europan12 (Rouen FR), 2nd Place

Collaboration with Francisco Pomares Pamplona, Saimon Gomez Idiakez, Irena Nowacka, Johannes Pilz, Filippo Fanciotti, Jonathan Schuster and Hugo Maffre


Harvard University Graduate School of Design Travel Grant, Grant


Europan12 (Schiedam NL), Nomination

Collaboration with Francisco Pomares Pamplona, Saimon Gomez Idiakez, Irena Nowacka, Johannes Pilz, Filippo Fanciotti, Jonathan Schuster and Hugo Maffre


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


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