Lee Gray

University of North Carolina At Charlotte, Senior Associate Provost | Charlotte, United States


Lee Gray is the Senior Associate Dean in the College of Arts + Architecture at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a Professor of Architectural History in the School of Architecture. He is a well-known expert in the history of vertical transportation. He is the author of From Ascending Rooms to Express Elevators: A History of the Passenger Elevator in the 19th Century and, since 2003, he has written monthly articles on the history of vertical transportation for Elevator World magazine. In addition to these articles, since 2011, he has written reviews (for Elevator World) of the annual CTBUH Awards Symposium & Ceremony.

Lee has presented papers on elevator history at Elevcon (2012 & 2014) and at the Symposium on Lift & Escalator Technologies (2014, 2015 & 2016). He was the co-author (with Ms. Emily Merrill) of “A Paradigm Shift in the 21st Century Skyscraper,” presented in the…

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Tall Building Academic & Teaching Committee, Member (2018 – Present)

Annual Conference, Presenter (Chicago 2019)

Height and Data Committee (2017)

First Skyscrapers Symposium, Steering Committee (2019)


19 September 2012

A Paradigm Shift in the 21st Century Skyscraper

Emily Merrill & Lee Gray, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

In the twenty-first century a new generation of skyscrapers emerged. These skyscrapers address issues of population growth, urbanization, and rapidly depleting nonrenewable resources. Accordingly, they...


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