Assistant Chairperson of Undergraduate Architecture
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ARCH-503 Degree Project: Design Studio
Jason Lee is partner of tentwenty and adjunct assistant professor at Pratt Institute’s School of Architecture. He has previously worked for ROY Co in New York City and The Oval Partnership in Hong Kong. Jason is currently the assistant chair of the Undergraduate Architecture department, and in addition to his administrative role, Jason coordinates the media and representation sequence and also co-directs Crisis Fronts with Michael Chen. Crisis Fronts is a degree project research seminar and design studio where speculative design strategies and contemporary methodologies intersect public policy. The work of the studio has been exhibited and presented internationally including the Hong Kong-Shenzhen Biennale of Architecture in 2009. In 2011, the studio participated in the Culture Now Project, a research initiative curated by Thom Mayne to investigate speculative design agendas in the context of struggling mid-sized American cities. The studio’s effort culminated in a symposium and exhibition in 2012 that included projects from Columbia, Harvard, Kentucky, MIT, Penn, Princeton, Rice, RPI, and UCLA.
Jason received his Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from the University of California at Berkeley, and his Master of Architecture from the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation at Columbia University, where he was the recipient of a Wiliam Kinne fellows traveling prize.
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As another semester ends and final reviews come to a close, the wealth of creative energy spent in design studios this spring risks becoming confined to student portfolios and never contributing to broader conversations outside the classroom. Our Studio Report series aims to address this intellectual loss by inviting the instructors of design studios with briefs relevant to New York City to share student work here on Urban Omnibus. Below, Michael Chen and Jason Lee, present some of the work from Future Bronx(es), the latest installment of their Crisis Fronts degree project, which probes the mutual influence of public policy and speculative design. For this studio, Chen and Lee, assisted by Justin Snider, encouraged their undergraduate students at the Pratt Institute to think big about the urban prospects of the Bronx. But rather than limiting students to the familiar tropes of designing for underperforming buildings or vacant land in a disinvested and isolated part of the city, the Future Bronx(es) studio takes an optimistic, opportunistic, and urban-scale view of the context at hand, beginning with the collection of new kinds of data that range from density and demographics to food distribution and cultural production.–C.S.
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