Other Projects is an idea-driven design practice focusing on architecture, urban design, interiors and installations. Other Projects was founded in New York City in 2017 by Nicolas MJ Lee.
Nicolas MJ Lee is a designer and the founder of Other Projects. He holds a Master of Architecture from Harvard University's Graduate School of Design, and a Bachelor of Architecture from Syracuse University's School of Architecture. 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 and Academy of Arts University San Francisco.
Nicolas' independent work has received several awards, including Runner-up in Europan 12, Jury's List in the Next Helsinki Competition, Finalist in Van Alen Institute's "Disrupt" Competition, 1st Prize in ChiDesign CADE Competition and Winner of Moran Folly 2016. 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.
Prior to starting Other Projects, Nicolas worked at various international offices, including HWKN in New York, OMA/AMO and MVRDV in Rotterdam, MIT Design Lab in Cambridge and ALKF+ in Hong Kong. Selected projects include Journal Squared, Crystal City Plaza 5, Munich Office Complex, Lima Museum of Art, Fondazione Prada, Serial Classic, Portable Classic, Parc des Expositions, Gardens of Zaryadye, Tianjin Library, Zhejiang Business School and Cheung Fai Building.