Richard Meier & Partners Architects LLP

Vivian Lee, AIA, LEED AP


Vivian Lee became Principal in 2018. Prior to joining Richard Meier & Partners, she lived and worked in Europe and Asia, bringing to the Firm a diverse background and extensive international experience. Her current portfolio includes the Oaks Frontline Apartments & Villas in the Czech Republic, the Taichung Condominium Tower in Taiwan, and the 101 Market Street Hotel & Residential Tower in Newark, New Jersey.

Her contribution to the firm’s creative portfolio also includes the recently completed SoMA Master Plan and Teachers Village Charter Schools and Workforce Housing in Newark, New Jersey, Seamarq Hotel in Gangneung, South Korea, OCT Clubhouse in Shenzhen, China, and Italcementi i.lab in Bergamo, Italy. Many of her projects have been published in various domestic and international magazines, including Architectural Record, Architect, Detail, Casabella, and Abitare.

Vivian Lee dedicated 10-years to Teachers Village, starting with the SoMa Master Plan in Downtown Newark and subsequently completing the design, documentation, and construction of two charter schools and three residential buildings, all achieving LEED Neighborhood Development (ND) Silver Certification. Ms. Lee’s commitments to conscientious and sustainable design are the key principles that contributed to the success of the project, resulting in healthy, green buildings with an elevated quality of life, in an environmentally sensitive community. Teacher’s Village aspires to create a benchmark for future developments in Newark and sets an example for cities throughout the country. A LEED Accredited Professional, Ms. Lee also has experience completing one of the first LEED Platinum Certified buildings in Italy.

Vivian Lee practiced in a wide range of areas prior to joining Richard Meier & Partners, including the sectors of Education, Corporate, Retail, Airport, Cultural, and Interiors. Ms. Lee received her Bachelor in Architecture from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and a Summa Cum Laude Master in Architecture from Syracuse University in Florence, Italy. She is a registered architect in New York State, a member of the AIA, and is Co-Chair of the AIANY Women in Architecture Committee where she mentors young architects and promotes women in leadership and design roles in the practice.