Lee H. Skolnick, FAIA, seeks to synthesize art, science, and architecture to create memorable and meaningful experiences. He unlocks each project’s “motivating story” to inspire imagination, curiosity, and understanding. For over 35 years Mr. Skolnick has passionately developed and pursued his philosophy of “design as interpretation,” wherein he seeks to unearth the unique themes and compelling concepts which characterize each project, and to translate them into concrete expression.
Breaking down the barriers between disciplines, Mr. Skolnick has created an extraordinary firm where more than 30 designers and educators work in close collaboration. By making a thorough exploration and translation of content the starting point for design, he has brought depth, authenticity, and vision to an enormous array of diverse projects around the world. His museum, cultural institution, and residential projects have been recognized as works of fresh innovation and inspiration.
Mr. Skolnick also has served on the Boards of The Cooper Union, Longhouse Reserve, the Society for Experiential Graphic Design and the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of the National Association for Museum Exhibition (Exhibitionist). He has served on panels and juries for the New York State Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the American Institute of Architects. He is also a frequent lecturer, instructor, and author of scholarly papers and popular works, and is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Leicester, England.
Since the 1980s he has been awarded Architectural Digest’s “AD100,” Cooper Union’s “Achievers Under 40,” House & Garden’s “Design Obsession,” the Presidential Citation for Outstanding Achievement from The Cooper Union, “The Most Innovative” by Luxury Homes Magazine, “The Best of the Best” Home Book’s House of the Year, as well as local, state, and national AIA Honor Awards.
In 2003, Mr. Skolnick was elevated to the American Institute of Architects College of Fellows. In 2007, he co-authored the exceptional book What is Exhibition Design?; an unparalleled handbook that explores what constitutes successful design, clarifies the roles of the various disciplines involved in exhibition design, and examines how new technologies expand the possibilities for both form and function. In 2008, Art Omi: Architecture, a renowned not-for-profit art program in Columbia County, New York, named Mr. Skolnick as its first Chairman of the Board.