Essay by Christopher Lee included in The City As A Project

January 17th, 2014

AA talk

Ruby Press has just published a collection of essays edited by Pier Vittorio Aurelli from The City as A Project research group at TU Delft. Christopher's essay, "The Deep Structure of Type: The Construction of a Common Knowledge in Durand's Method", on Jean-Nicolas-Louis Durand and establishing a common architectural grammer is included. To find out more about the book and purchase a copy please visit Ruby Press.

Christopher Lee on Discussion Panel at AA

October 22nd, 2013

AA talk

Christopher Lee joined Marina Lathouri, Patrik Schumacher and Brett Steele in a discusion moderated by Tom Verebes on issues raised in the recently published book; Masterplanning the Adaptive City: Computational Urbanism in the Twenty-First Century. The book, which features work by Serie Architects, examines how planning and design practices can respond to and work in an urban environment increasingly defined by rapid change and uncertainty. You can watch the discussion here, and find out more about the book here.

Latest Construction Photos from Aarvli Resort

Oct 1st, 2013

Aarvli Resort Construction

The first floor slab has just been poured as Aarvli Resort construction proceeds on schedule. Its opening is scheduled for next year.

Serie Invited to Participate in Astana 2017 Expo Competition

August 28th, 2013

Astana Expo Competition

Serie Architects have been invited to participate as one of 33 international firms in a competition to design the Expo park for Astana which is scheduled to open in 2017. More about the competition can be found here. You can see our entry here.

GSD Student Work Exhibtion at Tongji University

June 4th, 2013

GSD Shanghai Exhibtion

Work from the studio "Common Frameworks" that Chris Lee runs at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard has been shown in a special exhibition at Tongji University in Shanghai. The exhibition was complimented by a one day symposium on architectural education in China and the role of the academic project in confronting the challenges China faces in the realm of architecture and urbanism. The exhibition is on till the 20th of June.

Yan Zhenying Museum Featured in Shanghai Exhibition

May 31st, 2013

Shanghai Museum Exhibtion

Yan Zhenying Museum has been shown alongside other recent museum projects in China in an exhibition in Shanghai. The exhibition explores recent museum architecture in China which has seen over 500 new museums built in the last two years alone. Twelve projects by twelve different architects are shown side by side in an attempt to understand the recent trends and issues surrounding such a burgeoning type. The exhibition, entitled Spectacle: 12 Presentations of Contemporary Museum Architecture in China, is on at the Shanghai Power Station of Art till the 18th of July. Further information can be found here. Profiles Serie

May 27th, 2013

Gooood profile

To watch an interview with Chris Lee and see photos of our three offices head over to, a Hong Kong based design blog.

Collective Visions: Housing China in 2020

May 10th, 2013

Gooood profile

Serie's project for a Vornado Masterplan has been shown as part of an Exhibition at Hong Kong University on new housing strategies for China's increasingly urbanized population. More information about the exhibition is available here.

The Infrastructural Monument Symposium

April 15th, 2013

Chris Lee appointed to GSD Faculty

The MIT Centre for Advanced Urbanism has hosted a symposium on the Infrastructural Monument. Christopher Lee took part in the event as an invited speaker, presenteing the work of Serie and discussing the role the infrastructural artifact has within the idea of the city. You can find out more about the event and read an overview of the proceedings here. You can also watch a video of the presentations and discussions.

Chris Lee Appointed Adjunct Associate Professor of Urban Design

February 12th, 2013

Chris Lee appointed to GSD Faculty

Christopher Lee has been appointed Adjunct Associate Professor of Urban Design at Harvard's Graduate School of Design. He is currently leading the school's Project on China research program. He also teaches the design studio Common Frameworks: Rethinking the Developmental City as well as the seminar class The Fourth Typology: Dominant Type and the Idea of the City.

Aarvli Resort On Site

January 28th, 2013

Aarvli On Site

Construction is proceeding rapidly on Aarvli Resort in Goa. Foundations are being prepared, the ground has been dug out, and the first support piles have been set. The building is expected to be completed by the end of 2014.

See more images of Aarvli Resort here.

Common Frameworks Studio Final Review at the GSD

December 11th, 2012

GSD Final Review

The Common Frameworks Design Studio at the Graduate School of Design, led by Chris Lee and supported by AECOM China, had its final review on Tuesday. The projects addressed the problem of the megaplot, a primary apparatus in the Urbanisation of Chinese cities and a cause of the dissolution of the idea of the city as a common space par excellence. Xiamen, the site of the projects, was studied in terms of its geopolitical situation as a frontier city, a place of juxtaposing dominant types, its archipelago condition and the typicality of its use of the megaplot.

The studio proposed seven common frameworks for the city of Xiamen. The common framework can be defined as the deep structure of the city that embodies the space of coexistence. This accommodative framework promotes inclusivity through exacerbating difference. It is a position that insists that a certain degree of control, through architecture, is necessary to cultivate meaningful difference - a recognition that the city is first and foremost a space of plurality. The common frameworks here achieved this through their ability to frame, absorb, sequence, mark, enclose, layer, limit, separate, compress and imprint.

You can view a concluding booklet of the studio with an introductory text and project summaries. More information about the studio will appear shortly.

Chris to participate in the Sustaining Identity Symposium at the V&A in London

November 29th, 2012

AD Symposium

Christopher Lee will present Serie's work and his article "Common Artifacts" which was recently published in the issue of Architectural Design that accompanies this event. The symposium is curated by Juhani Pallasmaa and Paul Breslin and will focus on issues surrounding the construction of identity and place within contemporary practice. Also participating are Wang Shu, Bijoy Jain and Josep Luis Mateo among others.

The event is on November 29th at the V&A Museum. For more information please see the programme of the symposium. To book tickets visit the V&A's listing of the event.

Fashion Film exhibition designed by Serie now open in Beijing

October, 2012

Fashion Film

Christopher Lee recieves Doctorate Degree in Architecture and Urbanism

October, 2012

Fourth Typology

Christopher Lee was conferred the Doctorate degree in Architecture and Urbanism by the Berlage Institute and TU Delft on 26 October 2012. His doctoral thesis, titled 'The Fourth Typology: Dominant Type and the Idea of the City' proposes a renewed understanding of type and its relation to the idea of the city. This revalidation of the theory of type and its instrumentality for architectural production in today's globalised cities, rest on the potential of type as a heuristic device to locate a commonality in which architecture could invest itself with sociality. For more information visit The City as a Project website and read a summary of the thesis.

Chris Lee's GSD Studio is profiled in the Harvard Gazette

October, 2012

GSD Studio mid-term review

The studio is part of a three year sponsored research programme on Chinese cities, the first being Xiamen. Entitled "Common Frameworks", the studio attempts to rethink the developmental city by questioning it's dominant type; the megaplot. You can read the Gazette's article and find out more about the studio.

Serie is Finalist for the Architect of the Year Awards 2012 International Breakthrough Architect

September, 2012

Finalist International Breakthrough Architect

Serie is a Finalist for the Building Design Architect of the Year Awards 2012 in the International Breakthrough Architect category. Launched in 2004, the Architect of the Year Awards reward the UK practices responsible for the best overall body of work in 12 different sectors. Organised by BD, the AYAs are distinguished from other architectural awards by virtue of honouring overall achievement within a particular sector. This provides a truly meaningful premise on which to compare the work of different architects. The International Breakthrough Architect Award is given in recognition of the British practice that has shown the most courage and imagination in opening up work in an international market.

Infrastructure complete for Zahorske Sady, Slovakia

August, 2012

Zahorske Sady Infrastructure Complete

The public utilities and infrastructure for the Zahorske Sady project in Slovakia are now complete. Landscaping has now commenced including the planting of the plot hedges. Serie Architects designed the masterplan and a suite of villas for the scheme.

Pavilion Lights up for Olympics

July 30th, 2012

Pavilion in Opening Ceremony

The pavilion had a minor role in Friday's opening ceremony, but with the games underway the pavilion is officially open. More images will be posted soon but until then you can watch an interview with Chris Lee about the pavilion. Enjoy the games!

Chris Lee in Aga Khan Award Seminar

July 27th, 2012

Aga Kahn Award

Chris Lee presented and moderated seminar sessions for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture Seminar on 'Emerging Models of Planning Practices' held in Singapore. More information here.

Serie Featured in New Straits Times

July 27th, 2012

New Straits Time Article

Serie Architects have been featured in the Real Estate and Decor section of the New Straits Times in Singapore with an article by Yvonne Yoong. Read the article online here.

Serie Competition Win

June 15th, 2012

Singapore Subordinate Court

Serie Architects wins open competition for the Singapore Subordinate Court Complex. The design was done in collaboration with local Singaporean firm Multiply Architects, and features an innovative two tower strategy. The two towers are linked by a series of foot bridges that enable the controlled circulation necessary for the courtroom process. See more of the project here

Revealed: BMW Olympic Pavilion

February 7th, 2012

BMW Pavilion in AJ

AJ Publishes Serie's BMW pavilion for London 2012. Click here to see the article

New images of the BMW showcase pavilion have been released. Visit the project's page to see them.

Harvard GSD Final Review

February 7th, 2012

GSD Option Studio Review

Christopher Lee's Option Studio has thier final review at Harvard's Graduate School of Design. The studio focused on the design of a communal housing project for 1,500 inhabitants in the city of Beijing. Find out more about the course