So Young Lee

So Young Lee

San Francisco, CA, US



So Young has over 10 years of experience that ranges commercial, residential, healthcare and higher education projects at several design firms in Chicago and San Francisco. So Young's recent projects include Gensler’s NVIDIA Headquarters in Silicon Valley featuring the efficient triangular plans and parametric building enclosure modeling, the world's tallest Kingdom Tower, and the first positive energy building Masdar Headquarters while working at Adrian Smith+ Gordon Gill Architecture.

So Young is an Autodesk Revit Certified Professional / Construction Documents Technologist.



Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM), San Francisco, CA, US, Senior Digital Design Architectural Professional

Research lab, High-rise multi-family residential and commercial office buildings

Jun 2014 - current

Gensler, San Francisco, CA, US, Architect/ BIM Manager

Large scale Commercial office buildings and Headquarters

May 2013 - Jun 2014

Wight & Company, Chicago, IL, US, Firmwide BIM Manager

K-12, Higher Education and Government projects

Nov 2011 - May 2013

bKL Architecture LLC, Chicago, IL, US, Architect

Commercial and Multi-family residential projects

Feb 2011 - Nov 2011

Main Architecture, Chicago, IL, US, Architect / Revit Specialist

Affordable housing

May 2010 - Feb 2011

Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, Chicago, IL, US, Architect

High performance Commercial Office Buildings, Headquarters and Super-tall Towers

Sep 2008 - May 2010

Loebl Schlossman & Hackl Inc, Chicago, IL, US, Architect

Commercial, Higher Education and Healthcare projects

Mar 2007 - Sep 2008

Lucien Lagrange Architects, Chicago, IL, US, Architect

Commercial and high-end multi-family residential projects

Jan 2006 - Feb 2007

City of Chicago, Chicago, IL, US, Architectural Intern

Assist city architects at Bureau of Architecture, Engineering & Construction Management in preparing illustration revisions and scale drawing for design of new city facilities & renovation of existing facilities

Jan 2005 - Dec 2005


Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), Chicago, IL, US, Masters, Integrated Building Delivery

The Master of Integrated Building Delivery educates architects to more actively participate in, guide, or undertake the full range of entrepreneurial and innovative activities comprising design, develop, and build initiatives. The Masters of Integrated Building Delivery has shifted my focus as architect from design to project development and management. The program courses are taught by industry-leading professionals in law, real estate and A/E services. These courses provided deep insight into how proformas and public policy affect the built environment. While, revealing how architects can leverage their expertise to reduce project costs and schedule overruns. The program housed in the College of Architecture, taught by doing.

Sep 2008 - Dec 2011

School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, US, Masters, Interior Architecture

Sep 2004 - May 2006

University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Eau Claire, WI, US, Fine Arts

Jan 2004 - May 2004

Ajou University, Seoul, KR, Bachelors, Architecture


Mar 1999 - Jun 2003


First on the list with a full scholarship, 1st Place


Areas of Specialization 


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