Nicolas MJ Lee

Nicolas MJ Lee

New York, NY, US



Nicolas Lee is a Chinese-Canadian designer and the founder of Other Projects. He holds a Master of Architecture from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design (2015), and a Bachelor of Architecture from Syracuse University (2012). He was a nominee of the James Templeton Kelley Prize, a finalist in Azure Magazine's AZ Awards, and a recipient of the JCHS Outstanding Housing Design Prize and ASLA Student Honor Award at Harvard; and received the Dean's Citation of Excellence in Thesis Design and Chancellor's Scholarship at Syracuse. Throughout his education, Nicolas has trained under Pritzker Prize Laureates Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron (Herzog & de Meuron), Nathalie de Vries (MVRDV), Christopher C.M Lee (Serie) and Joshua Prince-Ramus (REX). Nicolas has been a guest critic at Harvard, Columbia, Academy of Arts University San Francisco, Kentucky and Pratt. Nicolas also serves as a Sert Council Associate at Harvard GSD and on the Benefit Committee at the Van Alen Institute. 

Nicolas’ independent work has received several awards, including 1st Prize in Chicago Architecture Foundation CADE Competition, Winner of Moran Folly 2016, Runner-up in Europan 12, Jury's List in the Next Helsinki Competition and Finalist in Van Alen Institute's "Disrupt" Competition. His work has been published and exhibited internationally, including Azure, Landscape Architecture Magazine, Wallpaper, and at the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial, Cité de l'architecture & du Patrimoine Paris, Forum d’architectures de Lausanne, Moran Museum of Art Seoul, USC American Academy in China and Design Miami.  

Nicolas’ work experience includes OMA and MVRDV in Rotterdam, REX and HWKN in New York, MIT Design Lab in Cambridge and ALKF+ in Hong Kong. Selected projects include Perth+Journal SquaredMunich Office ComplexWharf MarinaLima Museum of ArtFondazione PradaSerial ClassicPortable ClassicParc des ExpositionsGardens of ZaryadyeZhejiang Business SchoolCheung Fai Building and Tianjin Library.


REX, New York, NY, US, Architect

Sep 2017 - current

Other Projects, New York, NY, US, Founding Partner

Jan 2017 - current

HWKN, New York, NY, US, Architectural Designer

Aug 2015 - Aug 2017

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA, US, Design Researcher / Project Designer

Apr 2015 - Aug 2015

OMA (The Office for Metropolitan Architecture), Rotterdam, NL, Trainee Architect

Feb 2014 - Aug 2014

MVRDV, Rotterdam, NL, Assistant Architect

May 2013 - Dec 2013
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)

Sep 2012 - May 2015

Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, US, BArch, Bachelor of Architecture

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


Winner, Moran Folly 2016, Moran Museum of Art, 1st Place


Nomination, James Templeton Kelley Prize, Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Nomination


Harvard University Graduate School of Design Travel Grant, Grant


Dean's Citation for Excellence in Thesis Design, Award


Syracuse University Dean's list, Award


Syracuse Architecture Thesis Super Jury Selection, Award


Syracuse University Chancellor's Scholarship - 5 Years, Scholarship


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