Lea Jihyun Lee has been practicing architectural/interior design for 12 years in the United States. During the 3 years of professional experience, she primarily worked on residential and commercial projects where she actively involved in drafting shop drawings /construction documents. Not only technical aspect, she was responsible for a wide range of projects including concept development, administration, presentation documents. She focuses on the balance of practice and discipline, craftsmanship and critical thinking in the design process. 7 Words to describe Lea Jihyun Lee:

Organized. Detailed. Precise. Passionate. Motivated. Determined. Responsible.



The Cooper Union New York, NY
Master of Architecture
Cornell University Ithaca, NY
Master of Architecture
Rhode Island School of Design Providence, RI
Bachelor of Interior Architecture (5 year program)
Korea University Seoul, Korea
Religions of Korea, World Religions, Performing Arts (RISD Continuing Education)


Professional Experience

New York, NY, November 2017–Present
Architect, Full-time
Jaeho Chong Studio LLC
New York, NY, March 2016–August 2016
Drafter, Volunteer
MRTA Design Construction, Inc. 
New York, NY, August 2013–August 2014
Internship, Full-time
New York, NY, June 2011–August 2011, June 2012–August 2012, April 2013
Internship, Full-time
Myung Sun Engineering
Seoul, Korea, December 2009–February 2010
Internship, Part-time
Hyundai Department Store
Seoul, Korea, June 2008–August 2008
Internship, Part-time



Architectural (Proficient): AutoCAD, Vectorworks, Rhinoceros
                      (Intermediate): 3ds MAX , V-Ray
                      (Basic): Sketchup, Grasshopper, ArcGIS, Ecotect, BIM, Maya, Cinema 4D
Graphic design: Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop

Hand sketching, Model making, Laser cutter, CNC mill, Wood/acrylic/plasters/metal fabrication, Paper-folding

Korean (Native), English (Fluent)

Rhode Island School of Design Providence, RI 2010
Major in Interior Architecture
Ceramics, Illustration, Jewelry+Metalsmithing

Idyllwild Arts Academy Idyllwild, CA 2005
Major in Visual Arts
Drawing, Painting, Ceramics, Sculpture, Graphic design, Illustration, Photography
Merit based award (Sculpture)

Sunhwa Art School Seoul, Korea 2001
Major in Visual Arts
Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, and Design
Merit based award (Drawing and Painting)


additional experience

Young-Jae Sahgwan Academy
Seoul, Korea July 2010–August 2010
Instructor, Part-time
Taught English for elementary and middle school students
(TOEFL-grammar, structure, reading comprehension, speaking) 
at private institution for academically talented students



Project selected to be included in a new publication by Diana Agrest (In process)
As part of the “Architecture of Nature/Nature of Architecture” studio
“Algae–Without leaves, stems, and roots” Spring 2016, “Algae as Habitat” Thesis 2016
The Cooper Union 2016

Drawing selected as single image for Thesis exhibition,
Master of Architecture II, class of 2016

The Cooper Union 2016

Admitted as advanced placement
Cornell University 2013

Photo selected as cover image for Cornell University’s biannual magazine, Ezra
Cornell University 2012

Merit based scholarship
The Cooper Union 2015



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