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Jonathan Lee

Jonathan Lee

Los Angeles, CA, US

 

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About 

My architectural philosophy reflects a vision that the future of design must enhance the individual’s environment and promote their potential and spirit by focusing on functional and well-designed space supplemented by sustainable energy and building systems. I have over a decade of construction experience, while obtaining both my degrees. This foundation of knowledge provided me with a unique perspective: a broadened understanding of how construction processes should be integrated in the design process to fully enhance any architectural vision. I have bold ideas and a passionate energy to bring to your team.

I’m a passionate award winning designer with experience in all scales of many design phases from door knobs, lights and furniture to global campus projects worth over $65 million. I have experience with residential, Multi Family, commercial, education, religious and government including DFCM.

I feel the combination of my four skill-sets and passions (construction, software, energy performance and digital fabrication) can be seen throughout my work. I look at these pillars as my architectural toolbox. 

Technology is truly changing the industry. I strive to make myself and my work relevant through learning as much as I can about software and integrated project delivery systems. I advocate and work tirelessly to utilize digital tools in the offices I work in to create more thoughtful designs while at the same time making the designs more buildable and affordable. I feel the more we learn as designers the better we are.

Over the past several years I have taught more than 30 team members functional skills in Revit. I feel you learn the most when you teach someone else how to do a something.  I’m excited to continue this process of learning, teaching and learning.  

My current role at M-rad is mentoring, creating office standards and employee training. I’m part of a young office with very dedicated and hard-working designers, whom are still learning to design for the real world and budgets. I have been guiding these young designers through the process of architecture with an emphasis on how to follow-through with a project, balancing design intent within the quality, cost and time paradigm of delivering a project to the client.

I believe that architecture is a process based profession, in which the architect should develop a series of systematic approaches to dissect and fundamentally understand down to first principles the client’s true needs and desires. This systems approach is the true product and service. The building or product is the final deliverable and its form and function should be informed by the process.  The design that comes from this process should be sympathetic to its context and should functionally enhance the end user experience without them even noticing. The function should just automatically help them learn more, focus more, feel more, and experience more in a natural and intuitive way.

I’m always asking how can we design and represent it better? How can we build it better? How can we make it/ manufacture it better?

Employment 

M-Rad Architecture + Design, Los Angeles, CA, US, Principal

My current role at M-rad Architecture is mentoring, creating office standards and employee training. I’m part of a young office with very dedicated and hard-working designers, whom are still learning to design for the real world and budgets. I have been guiding these young designers through the process of architecture with an emphasis on how to follow-through with a project, balancing design intent within the quality, cost and time paradigm of delivering a project to the client.

Jan 2017 - current
 

MJSA Architects, Salt Lake City, UT, US, Project Manager

Worked as a lead designer, project manager, and BIM manager at MJSA Architecture. My duties included conceptual design, programming, fee proposals, client relations, beginning to end project management, REVIT template and asset creation, consultant management. Also responsible for overseeing multiple design teams to maintain quality and purity of design intent.

Jan 2015 - Jun 2016
 

VCBO Architecture, Salt Lake City, UT, US, Designer

Worked on numerous projects of multiple scales at VCBO Architecture where I was utilized for construction documents and CNC fabrication projects due to my years of extensive construction and building science experience.

Jan 2013 - Dec 2015
 

Broken Fork Designs, Lexington, KY, US, Project Manager

Served at Broken Fork Designs in Lexington, KY for the revitalization of historic homes in downtown areas using nontraditional building materials to create unique homes. Project management on-site and creation of multi-purpose design solutions in existing spaces for modern living.

Jul 2012 - Dec 2012
 

Thought Space, Lexington, KY, US, Contract Architectural Design

Design work, construction documents, on-site supervision of construction, I was responsible for the building of original designs & manage projects from concept to completion of construction while working at Thought Space in Lexington, KY

May 2011 - Jun 2012
 

University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, US, Shop Assistant and Laser Cutting Technician

Shop tool and laser cutter maintenance: Assist students setup, run cut files for the laser cutter, milling, and 3D printing in a fully integrated shop set up for manufacturing.

Aug 2010 - May 2011
 

Independent Contractor, Lexington, KY, US, Contractor

Contracted: Kitchen and bathroom remodels, porch additions, trim work, and framing.

May 2006 - Aug 2010
 

University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, US, Architectural Summer Internship

Assistant to the Associate Dean of Research: University of Kentucky, College of Design, publication. UK’s participation in the Solar Decathlon entitled “Live.Light.” Constructed a model of the “Miller House,” (Most accurately developed model to date.)

May 2010 - Jul 2010
 

Heritage Plumbing, Fairmont, WV, US, Plumbing Laborer

Plumbing Laborer: From underground plumbing to the setting and sealing of fixtures on new construction of !townhouses.

May 2005 - Aug 2005
 

Independent Contractor, Fairmont, WV, US, Contractor

Framer on Light construction projects: Including all facets of the process from the foundation to a fully enclosed structure.

May 2004 - Aug 2004
 

Education 

Master in Architecture, Lexington, KY, US, MArch, Architecture

Aug 2008 - May 2011
 

Fairmont State University, Fairmont, WV, US, Bachelors, Architecture

Aug 2003 - May 2008
 

Awards 

International Design Association People’s Choice Award, Award

DO TERRA WORLD CAMPUS
International Design Association People’s Choice Award

2015
 

Utah Building/Industrial Division Project of the Year, Award

DO TERRA WORLD CAMPUS
AGC Utah Building/Industrial Division Project of the Year

2014
 

Excellence in Masonry The Honor Design Award, Award

DO TERRA WORLD CAMPUS
Excellence in Masonry The Honor Design Award

2014
 

2009 Solar Decathlon, Honorable Mention

Finished in the top 10 and received an honorable mention for energy usage

2009
 

2006 M.C.A. Student Design Competition Montrose Harbor Complex, Honorable Mention

2006
 

2005 A Place to Observe and mark time Design Competition:, Award

AIAS FSU Chapter Associated Design Merit Award

2005
 

Areas of Specialization 



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