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FRANK CHRISTOPHER LEE

Johnson & Lee, Ltd. Architects / Planners
African American AIA Fellow

SAY IT LOUD - Washington DC  Exhibitor
Illinois Based Designer 

Bio: 

He received his Master of Architecture in Urban Design from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. Lee has been a visiting professor, critic, and lecturer at universities across the country, including Cornell, Tulane, Virginia Tech, University of Michigan, University of Virginia, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

FRANK CHRISTOPHER LEE

Bio:

For more than 40 years, Frank Christopher Lee has designed buildings, recreation facilities, hotels, libraries, and restaurants in urban communities. Born on Chicago’s Southside, Lee attended Lindblom Technical High School and is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago with a Bachelor of Architecture degree. He received his Master of Architecture in Urban Design from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. Lee has been a visiting professor, critic, and lecturer at universities across the country, including Cornell, Tulane, Virginia Tech, University of Michigan, University of Virginia, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has also lectured at the Toronto Society of Architects, the Chicago Architecture Foundation, the Graham Foundation, the Chicago Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, The Society of College and University Planners, and the Chicago Historical Society. Prior to founding Johnson & Lee in 1983 with Craig Johnson, Lee worked at Helmut Jahn’s firm – Murphy/Jahn and O’Donnell, Wicklund, Pigozzi. From community centers and colleges to banks and other buildings, Lee’s designs promote positive social interaction and provide architecture that enhances community life and the restructuring and revitalization of their neighborhoods.

 

Object:

Object Two - Practice Management, or Practice Technical Advancement

 

Year of Elevation: 

2007

Featured Project Name: 

Dr. King Legacy Apartments

Featured Project Location: 

Chicago, IL

Featured Project Completion Date: 

April 2011

Role in Featured Project: 

President, Co-Founder of firm

Featured Project Description:

For six months, MLK Jr. and his supporters engaged Black community members and organized housing campaigns to address the disparate housing conditions in North Chicago. The building is a manifestation of MLK’s wishes and advances his legacy. The exterior uses a mix of bold colors and earth tones, multicolored masonry and limestone columns assembled in a slightly whimsical post-Modern design. The building complex has 45 housing units and commercial storefronts,

Photography Credit:

Johnson & Lee, Ltd. Architects / Planners