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Lee Ivett

Course Leader BSc. (hons) Architecture, Senior Lecturer
School of Engineering

Lee leads the Part 1 BSc. (hons) Architecture programme within the Grenfell-Baines Institure of Architecture. He has specific responsibility for the delivery of the Year 3 design studio modules and also contributes to the Year 2 Building Technology module as well as other subject area across the Institute of Architecture. Lee has internationally recognised expertise in participatory design, architecture within a socially engaged context and alternative modes of practice.

As well as leading the BSc. (hons) Architecture course, Lee is also a practicing architect and widely published writer and critic on architecture, art and design. He is a regular contributor to the Architectural Review, the Architects Journal, the RIBA Journal and Architecture Today. His work and opinion has been sought and published extensively in print and online media such as Dezeen and Arch Daily. He considers teaching, research and practice to be one and the same and develops and delivers a pedagogy that invites the students to engage in all three areas as a critical and creative process of enquiry and empathic learning.

Lee Ivett is an award winning architect, designer, artist and urbanist with a track record of developing transformational long term projects with third sector organizations. His mode of practice is intensely generative, developing low-budget socially-focused projects from scratch largely for marginalized communities within the UK and beyond as a means of identifying ideas and developing local agency and capacity. Lee works with artists, makers, dancers, choreographers, growers, academics, musicians, community members etc. to prototype and generate the activity that ultimately creates a demand for the social, cultural, economic and environmental re-imagination of place. Lee has been recognized internationally for the impact and quality of his work; exhibiting, producing and presenting work in Poland, Hungary, Nuremburg, Los Angeles, Venice and Ljubljana over the last ten years.
In 2016 Lee was selected for inclusion in New Architects 3 - the definitive survey of the best British architects to have set up practice since 2005 and represented Scotland at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale; creating an award winning and critically acclaimed community space within the Venetian neighbourhood of Dorsoduro. Lee's alternative approach to architectural practice was recently recognised by the Architects Journal, being one of the 25 architects working in the UK to be profiled as an industry 'Disruptor'. Lee was also one of only 30 architects selected by the Architecture Foundation to select and profile a significant architectural project as part of their 30th anniversary event series. View the film

  • MSc. Urban Design (distinction), University of Strathclyde, 2005
  • BSc (hons) Architectural Studies
  • Dezeen Awards Shortlist, 2019
  • GIA Small Projects Award, 2018 and 2017
  • AJ Small Projects - Highly Commended, 2018
  • RIBA Journal McEwan Award Finalist, 2018
  • Participatory Design
  • The Act of Making as a Mode of Research and Enquiry
  • Live Build
  • Socially Engaged Practice
  • Alternative Modes of Architectural Practice
  • Design Theory and Methodology
  • ARB Registered