Nicolas Lee

Nicolas Lee

Boston, MA, US


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Nicolas Lee is a graduate student in the Masters in Architecture II (Post-professional) program at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design in Cambridge, Massachusetts. 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 in the AECOM Project on China studio. 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 a Bachelor of Architecture (Cum Laude) 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. He 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 (REX) in the New York City Urban studio, and studied abroad in Florence, Italy. Previously, he also 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 also co-founder of the international architecture collective bluefoamit, based in Rotterdam. Their project "On the Move" received Runner-up (Rouen, FR) and Selected finalist (Schiedam, NL) in the Europan12 competition. "On the Move" has been published and exhibited in Europe.

Nicolas was born in Hong Kong, and has lived in Vancouver and Toronto



HWKN, New York, NY, US, Architectural Designer

Sep 2015 - current

MIT Design Lab, Cambridge, MA, US, Project Designer/Research Assistant

Apr 2015 - current

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


The Next Helsinki Competition, Nomination

In Collaboration with Ryan Otterson


Finalist, YAC Young Architects Competitions, Nomination

In collaboration with Yewon Ji & Ryan Otterson


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

"Within The Frame" in collaboration with Carly Augustine.


Europan12 (Schiedam NL), Nomination

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


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


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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