Brian Lee

SOM, Consulting Design Partner | Chicago, United States

As an architect and urban designer, Brian Lee considers himself a pragmatist in search of the poetic. A fundamental question that guides his work is how a building’s aesthetics, program, and tectonics can provide meaning to those who live and work in its spaces. His hands-on design approach is focused on achieving full integration of the natural and built environment through the most innovative design forms, materials, and technologies.

Lee’s award-winning designs include the Tianjin CTF Finance Center in Tianjin, the China World Trade Center in Beijing, Poly International Plaza in Guangzhou and the UC San Diego Telemedicine Education Building.


Annual Conference, Presenter (Shanghai 2012; China 2016)

Innovation Conference, Speaker (Chicago 2020)


19 September 2012

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

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

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...