Changyeob Lee is a British-registered Architect (ARB, RIBA), designer and educator who is based in Seoul but works globally.

He is a professor at Hanyang University, Seoul, and leads a research think-tank, Systemi:City. Our lab is dedicated to exploring progressive architectural interventions in existing urban environments. We strive to envision pragmatic utopias by incorporating systemic thinking, human-centered approaches, and the integration of diverse new technological applications. Furthermore, we are interested in venturing into new types of spatial elements that evolve to constitute architecture itself, blurring and redefining the traditional notions of architecture.

He also collaborates with the inter-disciplinary practice CAS (Chang+Alliance Studio). The studio engage in ideation, problem-solving, storytelling and making to operate design projects at all scales in varied sectors. While each project is different and requires a tailored approach, our common motivation is to design meaningful places and new experiences for creative and positive social impacts.

He studied at the University of Hanyang and the Royal College of Art, having graduated Interior Architecture (BS) summa cum laude and Architecture (MA) with Distinction respectively. He is known for his thesis project, entitled Synth[e]tech[e]cology, which was nominated for the RIBA Silver Medal in 2013 and awarded the Sheppard Robson Prize at the Royal Academy of Arts’ Summer Exhibition in the same year. 

Upon completing his RIBA Part II from RCA in 2013, Chang worked for Heatherwick Studio, London, for over seven years. There, as package lead, he delivered a wide range of award-winning high profile projects, including Zeitz MOCCA, Capetown; Google’s new headquarters in Mountain View, California; and the new Terminal 5 in Changi Airport, Singapore. He also developed his specialism in computational design and fabrication through consultancy at Front until his return to Seoul in 2022.

His works have been published in numerous international design magazines and journals, such as Dezeen, Wallpaper, Daily Mail, AJ, Wired, Inhabitat and Space. His work has also been exhibited globally, including in London, Stockholm, Milan, Seoul and Tokyo.

For enquiries, please contact me by changyeoblee@hanyang.ac.kr, Linkedinor Instagram DM.