Lee Schuyler Olvera
B.E.D., Bachelor of Environmental Design,Texas A+M University
M.Arch., Master of Architecture, University of Texas - Austin
Lee Olvera is an Associate Professor of Practice in Architecture. He earned his Bachelor of Environmental Design degree from Texas A+M University and his Master of Architecture degree from the University of Texas at Austin, graduating with distinction receiving the Henry Adams Certificate for Scholastic Achievement and the American Institute of Architects Scholastic Medal.
He teaches thesis level design studio, critical theory and research seminars as well as color theory. He is currently Assistant Dean for Communications and Special Projects, and Faculty Coordinator for the Graduate Research Scholars Program at the School of Architecture.
His current research projects include Realm, Images of an Imagined City, a collection of his drawings based on the story-telling structure developed in wordless novels of the 1920’s-1950’s; Plots; Gardens of the Living, Gardens of the Dead, a comparative analysis of the principles of spatial order present within the developed landscapes of allotment gardens and cemeteries and Garden Variety, an exploration and development of a pictorial metric for cataloging elements of urban gardens. His research uses the process of drawing as a catalyst for the discovery of the spatial environments we all inhabit, from the organic to the structural, from the landscape to the architectural – from the real to the imagined.
His professional practice centers on the design of arts-related residential projects that investigate the typologies of house and studio, domestic and creative space. Formerly a Design Associate with Frederick Fisher and Partners, he was responsible for the design of a diverse range of projects including the Annenberg Community Beach House, the Annenberg Center and Gardens at the Retreat at Sunnylands, the Cotsen Foundation for Academic Research, and numerous private houses. He is currently a consulting Design Partner and Art Director at NA+AA in Houston, Texas.
University of Southern California
University Park Campus
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0291
Campus Ext: x15451