Brian Lee

SOM, Consulting Partner, FAIA | Chicago, United States


As an architect and urban designer, SOM Design Partner Brian Lee considers himself a pragmatist in search of the poetic. He brings a hands-on design approach to his work—maintaining a full integration of the natural and built environment, and providing meaning to those who live and work in the spaces. Along with context, culture, tectonics, craft and landscape, a fundamental question that guides Brian’s work is how buildings enrich the experiences they engender. Lee’s award-winning designs include the China World Trade Center in Beijing; Poly International Plaza in Guangzhou; and the University of California San Diego Telemedicine Education Building.


Annual Conference, Presenter (Shanghai 2012; China 2016)

Innovation Conference, Speaker (Chicago 2020)


19 September 2012


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Track 1: The China Context for Tall Q & A

The Track 1 panel consisting of: Junjie Zhang, East China Architectural Design & Research Institute (ECADI); Brian Lee & William Baker, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill...


30 January 2020


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Determinism, Integration, and Articulation Lead Up to a Landmark

Brian Lee, Thomas Kinzl, Inho Rhee & Ronald Johnson, SOM

Completed in 2019, the Tianjin Chow Tai Fook (CTF) Finance Centre is currently the seventh-tallest building in the world, tied with the Guangzhou CTF Finance...


01 March 2018


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A Tall Building Ethos of Integration

Brian Lee, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

The last decade has seen great design opportunities for tall building construction around the globe. The best designs represent a new generation of skyscrapers that...