Lee, Prof Laura

Laura Lee, FAIA, Hon FRAIA, is an architect and Professor of Architecture at Carnegie Mellon University where she served as Head from 2004-2008. Laura has also taught at the Higher Institute of Architecture in Antwerp, Belgium; the Royal Danish Academy in Copenhagen, Denmark; the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Switzerland, and most recently was the Cass Gilbert Visiting Professor at the University of Minnesota. In 2009 – 2010, Laura was the 16th “Adelaide Thinker in Residence” in South Australia, a program inviting global experts and leaders in their field to generate visionary and actionable recommendations for the government. Focused on the value of design and the impact of the built environment on the quality of life, Laura produced the report entitled an “Integrated Design Strategy for South Australia – Building the Future.”

Laura is an international leading voice for integrated design education, practice and research. Her work focuses on the development and implementation of integrated design strategies and collaborative programs between academia, government, industry and the professions. She has lectured and served on panels on issues concerning the relationship between design education, practice and research. For many years, Laura has acted as an advisor and consultant for many academic institutions, professional organisations and design practices.

Laura is the recipient the American Institute of Architecture Students National Educator Award and was elevated to Fellowship in the American Institute of Architects (FAIA) in 2004 for advancing the art and science of building through her contributions to architectural education, internship and practice. In 2005, Laura was presented with the Henry van de Velde Institute Award for Architecture Education in recognition of her development of intercultural programs. Laura was elected, in 2008, a Senior Fellow of the Design Futures Council, a global network of design community professionals who explore trends, changes, and new opportunities in design, architecture, engineering, and building technology. In 2009, she was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by the Royal Australian Institute of Architects (Hon FRAIA).

Lee, Prof Laura


Architect, Integrated Design Strategies


Carnegie Mellon University