So Young Lee

So Young Lee

San Francisco, CA, US



So Young is a Senior Digital Design Architectural Professional at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP and 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 and is responsible for production of construction documents for architectural projects, creating initial BIM Project setup with workflow documents, initiating Model for each architectural project and preparing for production team, providing BIM project kick-off information, integrating of BIM products with other architectural applications, providing quality control for completeness and adherence to company standards of all construction documents created, supporting and training of construction document production staff on Standards and Procedures.  



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

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

•Responsible for production of architectural/construction documents for government, commercial and institutional projects.
•Create initial BIM/REVIT® Project setup with workflow documents.
•Initiate Model for each architectural/construction project and prepare for production team.
•Provide BIM/REVIT® project kick-off information.
•Provide REVIT® Architecture, Structure and MEP desktop support.
•Integration of BIM/REVIT® products with other architectural/construction applications (Autodesk, Construction, Cost Estimation).
•Provide quality control for completeness and adherence to company standards of all architectural/construction documents created.
•Support and training of architectural/construction document production staff on Standards and Procedures.
•Handle architectural/construction software licensing and budgets.

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

Responsible for developing company's Revit drawing standard for office; Setting up all future Revit Project-plans and procedure; Teaches staff about Revit; in charge of multi discipline coordination w/ project consultants; In charge of Coordination and integration of consultant information into Revit documentation for construction documents.

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; gathering resource information for senior architects, and assembling proposal package containing all drawings and cost information.

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

SAIC's Interior Architecture program experiments with definitions of space and social ideas through digital explorations, drawn and modeled work, and work built at a range of scales. SAIC's Interior Architecture students become experts at integrating relationships between the body, objects, events, and environments, reconceptualizing the entire habitable realm to sustain the art of living.
The Interior Architecture program is unique in positioning the designer with the artist, allowing for development of disciplinary strengths while demanding interdisciplinary research, thinking and practice, and material explorations. The AIADO department offers graduate tutorials, studios, seminars, and labs that address current cultural issues. Artists, designers, and architects share in critical seminars and work together in the first seminar graduate studio. Art, architecture, and design history courses complement studio work, and students may elect fine art and design courses from across other departments at SAIC as well.
During the second year, SAIC students concentrate on individual work. Recent projects have dealt with a wide range of global issues such as domesticity, violence in the city, urban decay, nuclear testing, healing, the virtual home, the nomadic office, modularity, and mobility. At the culmination of their studies, students participate in the annual SAIC Graduate Thesis Exhibition or AIADO Thesis Exhibition.

Sep 2004 - May 2006

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

Study Abroad

Jan 2004 - May 2004

Ajou University, Seoul, KR, Bachelors, Architecture


Mar 1999 - Jun 2003


8th Competition for Solar Energy in Architecture, 2nd Place

Korean Solar Energy Society


Merit Scholarship, 1st Place

Entered university 1st on the list with a full scholarship.


Areas of Specialization 


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