Bryan C. Lee Jr. - 2014 Member of the Year
Bryan is an architectural designer, artist, writer and devoted advocate for social justice through design. Throughout his collegiate and professional career, Bryan has been dedicated to promoting diversity within the profession and relentless in his efforts to elevate the design process as an effective means of change for communities in need. He currently pursues his professional licensure at the nationally recognized architecture firm, Eskew + Dumez + Ripple in New Orleans, Louisiana.
During undergraduate school at Ohio State University Bryan provided graphics design and rendering support at OA Spencer architects in Columbus Ohio before moving on to work at Speizle Group during graduate school in New Jersey. In 2008, Bryan founded SOA design, an architectural multimedia firm that focused on providing architectural renderings, Websites, corporate identity work, and architectural photography to a variety of clientele.
Along with his professional endeavors, Bryan has had the opportunity to serve his community through the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA). Since being introduced to NOMA in 2004, Bryan has written numerous print and online articles, co-founded and led two student chapters at The Ohio State University and at the New Jersey Institute of technology respectively, served as the national exhibit coordinator, Vice president of NOMA Louisiana, and program director for the nationally recognized NOMA Louisiana project pipeline tiered mentorship program.
Currently, his work with NOMA Louisiana includes the development of two new socially responsive programs geared towards innovative design interventions and socially and architecturally relevant data collection.
Moving forward, Bryan intends to pursue innovative and disruptive ways of engaging the social systems, design processes, and building technologies that connect the profession of architecture to the community it serves.