Lee specialises in the design and coordination of Schools projects with a particular focus on MMC and standardisation to drive efficiency in the sector.
He is a keen cyclist, football fan, upcycler, and builder of things.
If you weren’t in this career, what would you be?
I’ve always enjoyed making things and being creative, so perhaps a chef or a carpenter? I spent many evenings and weekends during 2021 renovating my first home. I really enjoyed being hands on, learning new skills and building on what I’ve learnt through my architectural education. I also love cooking. During our renovations, we had no kitchen but I still managed to prep and serve up a full roast dinner using shelves and floor tiles as worksurfaces!
What are the key challenges that affect the Schools sector, or are likely to in the next five years?
Standardisation and carbon neutrality. As architects we have to problem-solve and design ways of making systems work together to create buildings and spaces which are efficient and replicable, but also inspiring and enjoyable to use.
Within Schools, the move toward MMC solutions has challenged how we develop our designs and think about construction from a very early stage. The method of construction used in a project makes us, as architects, consider the broader picture of the entire project, especially the impact on carbon emissions.
Interesting fact that nobody knows about you?
When I was 11, I was the winner of the Brain of Britain Maths Championship hosted by Carol Vorderman.
What’s the greatest invention ever?
The internet. Nothing else has taken us anywhere close to the level of instantaneous access to information and global communication before.
Noiser Podcasts. Focusing on real drama and true stories. I really enjoy learning from our past and the podcast dives into the detail and hidden stories that are a truly interesting part of our history.
- Chapman Taylor Award for Best Representation and Graphical Style for MArch Year 2 (Final Year project)
- Winner of the NWTTA Alan Wheat Best Built Student Project 2012 – Dapple Pavilion. Created as part of a student-led design project for the National Trust and constructed in the winter gardens at Dunham Massey.
- Constructing Excellence Exhibition Coordination Award at the BArch Year 3, Manchester School of Architecture Final Year Degree Show