Carnegie Mellon University

Stephen Lee, AIA, LEED AP

Stephen R. Lee, AIA, LEED AP

Professor & Head, School of Architecture

5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


Educational Background
  • Master of Architecture in Advanced Building Studies (1977) Carnegie Mellon University (CMU)
  • Bachelor of Architecture (1975) CMU

Professional Background

  • Professor (Head, 2008–current), School of Architecture, CMU, Pittsburgh (1981–current)
  • Visiting Associate Professor, University of Tokyo; Endowed Chair, Urban Environment Systems, RCAST (1993)
  • Co-Founder/ Consulting Principal, TAI + LEE, Architects PC, Pittsburgh (1981–current)
  • Senior Consultant, Romualdi, Davidson and Associates, Forensic Engineering, Monroeville (1988–current)

Design, Research and Teaching Activities
Professor Lee was re-appointed in July 2014 to a second five-year term as head of the School of Architecture and is an active faculty member in the Bachelor of Architecture, Master of Architecture and Master of Science in Sustainable Design programs. He was the faculty adviser for the three SoA Solar Decathlon teams (2002, 2005 & 2007), and his teaching activities have resulted in the integration of undergraduate and graduate courses related to design, environment, materials, structures and construction. Design Intelligence magazine selected Lee as one of the "25 Most Inspiring Educators" in 2016, and he was recently appointed as science ambassador for the National Academies of Science & Engineering.

Lee's scholarly and practice activities focus on issues of systems integration, material innovation, renewable energy and the integrated design process for high-performance commercial and residential architecture. He is a LEED-accredited professional and provides sustainable design consulting services for institutional and commercial clients in Europe, Asia, Canada and the United States. Innovative sustainable projects on which Lee has been involved include the Armstrong World Industries Susquehanna House (Lancaster, Pa.), the Jean Canfield Government of Canada Building (Charlottetown, PEI), the PA Department of Environmental Protection South Central Office Building (Harrisburg, Pa.), Alcoa Fjardaal Smelter (Reydarfjordur, Iceland), Energy Innovation Center, International Union of Operating Engineers Training Facility and Phipps Conservatory (Pittsburgh) and the Robert L. Preger Intelligent Workplace, Stever House, Henderson House, the CIC Building and the Gates Center (Carnegie Mellon campus). His consulting work with the PA Department of Environmental Protection resulted in a new standard for healthy, flexible, adaptable, and energy and environmentally effective buildings in the commonwealth, and he has developed and conducted professional enrichment curricula for the PA DGS, PA DEP and the federal GSA.

Lee is a standing member of the Carnegie Mellon University Design Review Committee, as well as an invited member of the Simonds Principles Committee and the Architect Selection Committees for Scott Hall, the Cohon University Center, the TCS Building and the Forbes-Morewood Development Project. He is an ex-officio member of the Pittsburgh AIA Board of Directors. He was recently a Merit Review committee member for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Lab Call #009-002, and he was a member of the Committee on New Technology and Innovation in Building, of the Building Research Board, National Research Council (1990–91) and the Advisory Committee of the Pittsburgh Green Building Alliance (1995–99), and he was the co-founder/director of the Pennsylvania Advanced Technology Housing Consortium (1989–91).

Selected Publications/Presentations

  • Lee, Stephen R; "A Paradigm Shift To Enable Sustainable Housing"; Proceedings of the US-Israel Workshop on: Sustainable Buildings – Materials and Energy; Technion; Haifa, ISRAEL; 13 July 2010.
  • "Defining the Market Opportunity"; Office of the Future Consortium Meeting; Chicago, Illinois; 30 July 2009.
  • "Health, Productivity and the Triple Bottom Line"; NEDA's 2008 Professional Networking Series: Sustainable Building Policy as a Strategic Economic Advantage; Pittsburgh, PA; 13 March 2008.
  • Lee, Stephen; "The Future of Housing – Design, Technology, Construction"; AIME Keynote Session, The Role of Engineers in Meeting 21st Century Societal Challenges; TMS2008; New Orleans, LA; 12 March 2008.
  • Lee, Stephen; "The Future of Housing"; 2nd Annual Alternative Energy Now Conference; Orlando, FL; 21 February 2008.
  • Lee, Stephen; "Demonstrating Design for Flexibility in the Susquehanna House"; Continuous Customization in Housing - Open Building Tokyo 2000; Tokyo, Japan; October 2000.