SFF Annual Show & Tell (1.5 LU)
Join us as we showcase an architect sharing what they do and why they do it. It adds to the understanding of other small firm architects in what we do. This month: Andrew Lee will share some of his lovely work with us!
About Your Presenter
Andrew Lee has been running his firm in the East Bay since 2007, focusing almost exclusively on single-family projects. His renovation of the kitchen in a Joseph Esherick-designed home (the Bermak House) was recognized in the chapter’s annual design awards in 2014 and was also featured in Diablo and Atomic Ranch magazines. The same year, a small retail building he designed was nominated for best new commercial project in downtown Walnut Creek.
In his work, Andrew finds the complexity of solo practice an ongoing, fascinating challenge: understanding each new client, with their own unique personalities, needs, dreams, and communication styles; the search for design solutions that are functional, beautiful, and affordable; navigating the myriad rules and restrictions in planning and building codes; and striving to incorporate principles of green design.
Andrew earned his M.Arch from the University of Colorado, where he was a member of the Honor Society. Prior to starting his practice, he worked for several Bay Area firms, including Korth Sunseri Hagey Architects (where he worked on country clubs, high-rise buildings, and commercial interiors) and ELS (where he worked on performing arts venues, shopping malls, and mixed-use buildings).
In a previous life, Andrew practiced law briefly, working as a staff attorney at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Denver on hazardous waste cleanups.
For work-life balance, Andrew enjoys watercolor painting, tennis, swing dancing, and walks with his sweet dog Daya.