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Architecture as a Life Journey. C.C. Lee, AIA, LEED AP President/ CEO STOA International Architects, Inc. Presentation for TAMU Architectural Students April 7, 2011. What is Architecture?. “ A total environment made visible” Client says:

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Architecture as a life journey

Architecture as a Life Journey

C.C. Lee, AIA, LEED AP

President/ CEO

STOA International Architects, Inc.

Presentation for TAMU Architectural Students

April 7, 2011


What is architecture

What is Architecture?

“A total environment made visible”

Client says:

In addition to functional, I want my building to look pretty!


What is design

What is Design?

  • To solve a problem creatively in a timely fashion

  • Time is our most valuable asset

  • Problem solving is a continuous Decision making process

  • Design should be like a poem: Precise, concise and condensed


Who is architect

Who is Architect?

Architect is a Translator:

Architect is a trained professional who listen, digest, organize and transform client’s intangible idea into a tangible form that is functional and pretty.

“Architect communicates”


Leadership in architecture

Leadership in Architecture

  • Leaders ARE NOT Managers

  • Leaders do the right things

  • Managers do the things right

  • Leaders offer big picture/vision, value, direction, confidence, empathy

  • Leader’s Responsibility: Customers, Staff, Investors, Society also technical competence

  • Anticipation, Communication, Coordination

  • Communication: Verbal, Written, Graphical

  • Leaders create their own philosophy

  • Leadership is from inside


Lessons learned

Lessons learned

  • Life is not a smooth ride

  • Life is full of challenges

  • Life is a learning experience

  • Life is a package deal

  • Life is a passion journey

  • Life will have crisis

  • Crisis: Danger and Opportunity

  • Opportunity is created by ourselves

  • Visibility enhances Opportunity

  • Persistence equal to success

  • Create own philosophy: Surprise myself!


My suggestions

My Suggestions:

  • Who am I?

  • Why am I here?

  • What do I want?

  • Where am I?

  • When to end?

  • How? Goal, Plan, Execution

    “Enjoy the Journey with Faith!”


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