Hsin Han Lee

Hsin Han Lee

New York, NY, US

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Hsin-Han Lee / Victor is an dynamic and collaborative architect, actively practicing in the field of architecture from different countries including Taiwan and United States. He received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Chung Yuan Christian University in 2010 and his Master of Urban Design degree from University of Michigan Ann Arbor in 2015.

His experience includes several corporate offices projects in NYC, Angelo Gordon offices in Chicago and UK, the NYU Langone Medical Center in Manhattan, CUNY Medgar Evers College Athletic Center in Brooklyn and Mount Sinai Ansonia in Upper West Side, to name a few. In addition to that, he also had experience on retail projects with a renowned client, Design Within Reach (DWR), a world-leading luxury furniture retail store based in the U.S.

Furthermore, he has been collaborating over several design and curatorial projects with Design Earth, winner of the 2016 Architectural League of New York Prize. Some projects include “Trash Peaks” for 2017 Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism in South Korea, “After Oil” for Kuwait Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale, “Neck of the Moon” (First Prize of Jacques Rougerie Competition, France), “Apart, We Are Together” (Honorable Mention of Dry Futures Competition).

Victor is currently an architect in NYC. 


Fogarty Finger, New York, NY, US, Project Architect

・Projects: 1700 Broadway / 500 Fifth Avenue / 520 Madison Avenue / Instrata Nomad Apartment
・Roles: Project Architect / Documentation / Consultant Coordination / Design Presentation
・Phases: SD, DD, CD, CA
・Types: Workplace / Commercial Amenity / Residential Amenity
・Locations: Manhattan, New York City


Aug 2018 - Sep 2020

Design Earth, Designer

・Projects: 2017 Seoul Biennale, 2016 Venice Biennale Kuwait Pavilion, 2015 Jacques Rougerie Competition (1st Prize), 2015 Dry Futures Competition (Honorable Mention)
・Roles: Project Designer / Representation
・Types: Exhibition / Installation / Competition / Artwork / Speculative Projects

Design Earth:

Jul 2015 - Feb 2020

Stephen Yablon Architecture, New York, NY, US, Architectural Designer

・Projects: CUNY Medgar Evers College / Angelo Gordon Chicago & UK Offices / Mount Sanai Ansonia
・Roles: Architectural Designer / Documentation / Design Presentation
・Phases: SD, DD, CD, CA
・Types: Institutional / Athletic Center / Workplace / Healthcare
・Locations: Brooklyn, NY / Chicago, IL / UK / Manhattan, NY


Dec 2016 - Aug 2018

D-form-A, Taipei, TW, Architectural Designer

・Projects: Design With Reach Manhesset / Austin / Paramus / Philadelphia
・Roles: Architectural Designer / Design Presentation / Documentation
・Phases: SD, DD, CD
・Types: Retail
・Locations: Manhesset, NY / Austin, TX / Paramus, NJ / Philadelphia, PA


Sep 2015 - Dec 2016

C.J. CHIU and Partners, Architects and Planners, Taipei, TW, Architecture Designer

・Projects: Two Residential Projects
・Roles: Junior Architect / 3D Modeling / Documentation
・Phases: SD, DD, CD
・Types: Residential
・Locations: Taipei, Taiwan

Aug 2011 - Aug 2013

Coast Guard Administration, Taipei, TW, Private First Class

- Lead of military construction projects.
- Event planning and design.

Sep 2010 - Aug 2011

TAO Architects, Taipei, TW, Architectural Intern

- Concept Development, Architectural Drawing & 3D model making.

Jul 2008 - Sep 2008


University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, US, MArch, Master of Urban Design

Jul 2014 - Jul 2015

Chung Yuan Christian University, Taoyüan, TW, Bachelors, Bachelor of Architecture

Sep 2004 - Jun 2010


MOMA Collection, Project “After Oil”, MOMA, New York, Other

-Project “After Oil” for Venice Biennale 2016 was aquired by MOMA as MOMA Collection in 2018.


Honorable Mention, Dry Futures Competition, 2015, Honorable Mention

Apart, We Are Together
Dry Futures Competition, 2015, Honorable Mention

Project Team:
El Hadi Jazairy + Rania Ghosn
Hsin-Han Lee, Kartiki Sharma, Mingchuan Yang, Saswati Das

California will not be homogeneously dry. Its main geographic challenge is economic and political.

With 21 spots on the list of 30 neighborhoods with the highest percentage of million dollar homes, the taxpayers in these zip codes will pay for desalted water, a cost nearly twice as expensive as the rate for imported water was. They will ramp up their infrastructure to convert salty ocean water into drinking water to quench their long-term thirst. (Don’t worry about the intensive energy needs of such infrastructure, oil is imported from new drillings in the Arctic).

What about the other California? The California Aqueduct and Owens Valley, the grand water infrastructure, fell silent, repurposed centuries later as national parks and monuments, memorials to the repercussions of ancient climate change. Across it scattered bones of dehydrated poor bodies. In the arid hinterland, a series of Dropping arcologies –named for those things that birds leave when they fly over– create live-in work of art water mini-worlds, even as nearby lakes drop dangerously low. They see promise in techniques to harvest water from the air, manipulate the ground, irrigate with brackish water, and inject the water of human waste back into the aquifer, once methane is extracted for fuel. They believe that if you build it, they will come. Some stay, most leave.

And in-between? Vast areas of California’s Central Valley have sunk fast with massive amounts of groundwater being pumped during the historic drought. To stabilize the ground, a massive Green Cross forestation project extends across the state. An ancient emblem for both painful execution and salvation, the figure separates – or connects these two Califronias. It is a crossbreed, a hybrid, a pumping heart. It is a beast that retains the moisture, a sanctuary for the climate refugees. It is also the green zone, the space that allows both words to remain separate all while bound by a figure of unity.


Selected Work, Architecture Student Show Exhibition, Honorable Mention

Selected Work, Architecture Student Show Exhibition, University of Michigan


1st Prize, Jacques Rougerie Competition, 2015, France, 1st Place

-Winner of 2400 entries from 96 different countries.
-“Neck of the Moon”. Exhibited by MIT Keller Gallery, Institut de France and Volume Magazine


Honorable Mention, UIA-HYP Cup 2015 International Student Competition, Honorable Mention


Merit-Based Scholarship, Scholarship

-Merit-Based Scholarship of University of Michigan, Ann Arbor


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