Other Projects designs things. We apply architectural thinking to domains beyond traditional buildings - our work range from narratives to strategies, objects to furniture, interiors to exteriors, villages to cities. We like to explore and create playful designs that respond positively to ever-changing contemporary needs in rational, innovative and often, naive ways. Other Projects was founded by Nicolas Lee in 2017 and is currently based in New York City (and sometimes, Hong Kong).
Nicolas MJ Lee is a Chinese-Canadian designer and the founder of Other Projects. He holds a Master of Architecture from Harvard University's Graduate School of Design (2015), and a Bachelor of Architecture from Syracuse University's School of Architecture (2012). He was a nominee of the James Templeton Kelley Prize, a finalist in Azure Magazine's AZ Awards, and a recipient of the JCHS Outstanding Housing Design Prize and ASLA Student Honor Award at Harvard; and received the Dean's Citation of Excellence in Thesis Design and Chancellor's Scholarship at Syracuse. Throughout his education, Nicolas has trained under Pritzker Prize Laureates Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron (Herzog & de Meuron), Nathalie de Vries (MVRDV), Christopher C.M Lee (Serie) and Joshua Prince-Ramus (REX). Nicolas has been a guest critic at Harvard University, Columbia University, Academy of Arts University San Francisco, University of Kentucky and Pratt Institute. Nicolas also serves on the Benefit Committee at the Van Alen Institute.
Nicolas’ independent work has received several awards, including 1st Prize in Chicago Architecture Foundation CADE Competition, Winner of Moran Folly 2016, Runner-up in Europan 12, Jury's List in the Next Helsinki Competition and Finalist in Van Alen Institute's "Disrupt" Competition. His work has been published and exhibited internationally, including Azure, Landscape Architecture Magazine, Wallpaper, and at the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial, Cité de l'architecture & du Patrimoine Paris, Forum d’architectures de Lausanne, Moran Museum of Art Seoul, USC American Academy in China and Design Miami.