Seung Youp Lee

(414) 229-4014
Arch & Urban Planning 260


Seung-youp Lee is an architect (registered architect in South Korea since 2009, KIRA) and a PhD candidate in architecture whose interdisciplinary research focuses on the interpretation of relationships among power, performance, and identity in the built environment. Lee’s academic and research background is in architectural history, social and cultural landscapes of the built environment, and visual culture. Lee’s dissertation attempts to address a way of visualizing the invisible by exploring contested landscapes of labor within urban and industrial contexts. Recently, he received fellowships from the Social Science Research Council—Korean Studies Dissertation Workshop, the Vernacular Architecture Forum, and the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy. Prior to Joining SARUP, he led numerous projects, mainly focusing on high-end residential and office projects, at Samoo Architects and Engineers for seven and a half years. He also won several design awards including 2nd Prize in the Bering Strait Project International Ideas Competition, 1st Prize in Idea Architecture Awards, and the finalist of Bourse Jean Prouve-Kim Joongup.

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MA. Seoul National University
BA. Yeungnam University

Research Focus

Architecture and Identity
Power and Performance in the Built environment
Vernacular Architecture
Architectural Design


ARCH 190 Architecture: Idea and Expression
ARCH 510: Structural Analysis and Design

Selected Work

“Sky Protest in South Korea and the Transgressions of Everyday Objects,” 2018 World Historian Association Conference / Milwaukee/ WI
“Visualizing the Invisible: Case Studies of Corner Entrances in Milwaukee,” 2018 Vernacular Architecture Forum, Alexandria, VA
“Asia via MKE: Chapter Seoul” as an invited speaker, 2017 Asian Studies Brown Bag at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI

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