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Joyce S. Lee, FAIA, LEED Fellow

Senior Advisor

Background & Experience

Joyce is a leader in sustainability and institutional real estate with a focus on cultural facilities. She developed policy expertise as Chief Architect at the New York City Office of Management and Budget under Mayor Bloomberg working with PlaNYC and a City Charter asset management program. Her work on health and sustainability continues in her practice today.  Her past portfolio includes the US Green Building Council, International Well Building Institute/Delos, Queens Botanical Gardens, Whitney Museum of American Art, Museum of the American Revolution, and the Tech Museum.

In addition to heading her own practice, IndigoJLD Green + Health, Joyce is also on adjunct faculty at the University of Pennsylvania teaching courses in sustainability, health and the built environment.  Prior to Philadelphia, Joyce oversaw the survey of major city-owned structures (over 200 million sq. ft.) and identified opportunities in green design and development at NYC OMB. Her experience in working with public and cultural institutions makes her a valued advisor in public-private partnerships.

Joyce received the Public Architect Award from American Institute of Architects New York Chapter (AIA NY). She is also the co-author of the award-winning Active Design Guidelines and the Precedent Library for Stormwater Management. The contents have been translated to graduate curriculum and lectures. Her work in green health was also supported by great lake governors and in Maryland. Her peer-reviewed publications continue to influence the practice of green health.

Joyce founded the Committee on the Environment at the AIA NY. She then served as the Chair of the national AIA Committee on the Environment and contributed towards the development and market adoption of green certifications, earning the LEED Fellow citation. Concurrently, during her tenure on the advisory committee of the Urban Land Institute New York District Council, she expanded high school participation in ULI’s UrbanPlan.

Joyce was a trustee of the Grand Rapids Art Museum and an advisor to the Harvard Chan School of Public Health executive education.  She is a board director of the French American Chamber of Commerce in Philadelphia and the incoming chair of the American Alliance of Museums Professional Network. She had been a grantee of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund with a project in South China. Joyce is the recipient of numerous awards from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Health and Human Services, the Sustainable Industry Building Council, the American Council of Engineering Companies and the Aga Khan Award from Harvard/MIT.

Areas of Expertise

  • Institutional Real Estate
  • Sustainability
  • Health and Wellness
  • Asset Management
  • Energy Benchmarking
  • Climate Action
  • Planning and Design Review