Hsin Han Lee

Hsin Han Lee

New York, NY, US




VOA Associates Incorporated, Chicago, IL, US, Intern

Assisted presentation of project with AHK Chicago.
Cooperated with Principal Douglas J. King for Architectural Design and Concept Development.

Mar 2015 - Mar 2015

Chiu Chui-Juey Architect & Associate, Taipei, TW, Junior Architect

Led two Residential Projects as a Project Architect.
Communicated with clients, consultants and constructors for design and feasibility.
Architectural Drawing and 3D Rendering.

Sep 2011 - May 2013

Coast Guard Administration, Taipei, TW, Private First Class

Led a design group of military construction projects.
Exhibition planning and design.

Sep 2010 - Aug 2011

Tao Architects and Planners, Taipei, TW, Intern

Concept Development, Architectural Drawing & 3D model making.

Jul 2008 - Sep 2008

Humanistic Education Foundation, Taipei, TW, Intern

Led group of sixty participants to build wooden houses, providing structural guidance.

Jul 2007 - Aug 2007


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

Jul 2014 - Jul 2015

Chung Yuan Christian University, Taoyüan, TW, High School, Bachelor of Architecture

Sep 2004 - Jun 2010


Selected Work, Architecture Student Show Exhibition, Honorable Mention

Selected Work, Architecture Student Show Exhibition, University of Michigan


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


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.


Merit-Based Scholarship, Scholarship

Merit-Based Scholarship of University of Michigan, Ann Arbor


Areas of Specialization