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May 28: Carnegie Mellon Appoints Stephen Lee Head of the School of Architecture


Eric Sloss                           

Carnegie Mellon Appoints Stephen Lee
Head of the School of Architecture

leePITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University has appointed Stephen Lee head of its School of Architecture. Lee, a Carnegie Mellon professor and alumnus who has served as interim head of the school since July 2008, succeeds Laura Lee, who stepped down to return to the university faculty. 

“Steve's research interests and ambitions align with those of the school, the college and the university, and his leadership on student projects such as the Solar Decathlon, his commitment to the students and his positive relationship with faculty and staff make this a great choice,” said Hilary Robinson, the Stanley and Marcia Gumberg Dean of the College of Fine Arts. “I am very pleased Steve will join the leadership team in the College of Fine Arts, and I would like to thank the search committee for their efforts and strong endorsement of his candidacy.”     

Lee, who holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in architecture from Carnegie Mellon, is the cofounder and principal emeritus of the Pittsburgh architectural firm TAI + LEE and has served as an educator at Carnegie Mellon for more than 25 years. Since the program’s inception, Lee has served as faculty advisor for the university’s U.S. Department of Energy’s interdisciplinary Solar Decathlon teams. His educational pedagogy and professional practice focus on design and systems integration for high performance, sustainable communities and buildings. His work as a sustainable architecture consultant across Europe, Canada and the United States has included institutional and commercial clients such as Alcoa, BP Solar, Public Works and Government Services Canada, the U.S. General Services Administration, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and the Pittsburgh Green Innovators.

Lee is the recipient of numerous awards through his practice and through his long collaboration with Carnegie Mellon’s Center for Building Performance & Diagnostics, including the Business Week/Architectural Record National Design Award, the AIA National Honor Award for Architecture and the Pennsylvania Society of Architects Design Award.

Lee embodies the phrase, “Think globally — act locally,” bringing his integrated education, research and practice background to more than 30 years of volunteer community service throughout the region.


Pictured above is Stephen Lee, head of the School of Architecture.