So Young Lee

So Young Lee

San Francisco, CA, US


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So Young has over 11 years of experience that ranges commercial, residential, healthcare and higher education projects as a designer and a digital design leader at prominent firms in Chicago and San Francisco. So Young's projects include Transbay Block 9 Residential Tower, a part of the Transbay redevelopment project while at Skidmore Owings & Merrill, Gensler’s NVIDIA Headquarters in Silicon Valley featuring the efficient triangular plans and parametric building enclosure modeling, the world's tallest Jeddah Tower, and the first positive energy building Masdar Headquarters while working at Adrian Smith+ Gordon Gill Architecture.

So Young has been heavily involved in designing complex geometry and transitioning the shape into rationalized and buildable forms using the latest digital technologies. She's been working on various projects using Revit with Dynamo to create the abstract geometries for competition entries, conceptual massing for architectural projects, or as a fabrication tool for the installation project and construction. 

So Young is NCARB certified, a licensed architect in Illinois, an Autodesk Revit Certified Professional and a Construction Documents Technologist.


BAR Architects, San Francisco, CA, US, Architect | Digital Design Lead

Multi-family Residential, Commercial and Retail projects

Nov 2015 - current

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 - Oct 2015

Gensler, San Francisco, CA, US, Designer / Techniccal / Project 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, Architectural Designer

Commercial and Multi-family residential projects

Feb 2011 - Nov 2011

Main Architecture, Chicago, IL, US, Architectural Designer / Revit Specialist

Affordable housing

May 2010 - Feb 2011

Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, Chicago, IL, US, Architectural Professional

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

Sep 2008 - May 2010

Loebl Schlossman & Hackl Inc, Chicago, IL, US, Architect 1

Commercial, Higher Education and Healthcare projects

Mar 2007 - Sep 2008

Lucien Lagrange Architects, Chicago, IL, US, Architect 1

Commercial and high-end multi-family residential projects

Jan 2006 - Feb 2007


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 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, Suwon, KR, Bachelors, Architecture

EESA - NAAB evaluated for US equivalency

Mar 1999 - Jun 2003

Kyonggi Science High School, Suwon, KR, High School, Science

Mar 1996 - Feb 1999


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


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