Lee And Macgillivray Architecture Studio

We are a small international studio that experiments on architectural precedent, aesthetics, and form -- while always holding ourselves responsible to the pragmatic aims of our clients. In many of our projects, existing models provide a context for further exploration, hybridization, and even mutation. The studio operates equally in the most advanced digital fabrication and simulation as it does in vernacular craft traditions, conventional model making and drawing. Together with our energetic staff, we pursue the best possible design for our clients.

LAMAS was a 2014 finalist for MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program. Our work has won the 2011 R+D Award and has received honorable mentions in I.D. Magazine, Architizer+ Awards, and ACSA Faculty Design Awards. Our current practice is backed up with 16 years of combined experience as project managers for SHoP Architects and Gluck+. We have designed and led those teams to earn P/A Awards and the 2013 National AIA Housing Award.

LAMAS was founded by WH Vivian Lee and James Macgillivray in 2008.

Featured Press


An Artist and Farmer Work With a Toronto-Based Studio to Build a Barn-Inspired Home.


This Toronto-based duo has an eye for optical illusions, hydrographics, and geometric forms.


The architects of this large home in rural Canada blended spatial principles of an age-old typology—the traditional barn—with contemporary materials and beautifully considered construction details.

Architect R+D Award 2011

Juror William Massie praised the overall analysis as “extending thoughts of materials and the history and science of building.” “What I really liked about this was this notion of digital fabrication and handcraft coming together,...it is an interesting integration of old methods and new ways of thinking that could, in fact, overlap to other aspects of craft and building.” - Sylvia Smith

James Macgillivray

Principal and Founder

James Macgillivray is a principal and founder of LAMAS. He has published widely on film, architecture and projection. He is from Toronto and received his Masters in Architecture from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design and his B.A. in architecture from Princeton University. Prior to founding LAMAS he worked as a designer at Steven Holl Architects and as a project manager at Peter Gluck and Partners Architects. Alongside his work at LAMAS, James is also Lecturer at the University of Toronto.

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Vivian Lee

Principal and Founder

W.H. Vivian Lee is principal and founder of LAMAS. Her work focuses on the role of craft in architecture as related to labor, professional practice, vernacular traditions, and ornament. She has extensive experience in the design and construction of public space including the East River Waterfront in Lower Manhattan. In addition to her role at LAMAS, Vivian is also Assistant Professor of Architecture at the University of Toronto and previously at University of Michigan. Prior to founding LAMAS, Vivian practiced as a project manager at SHoP Architects and LTL Architects in New York City. Lee received her masters of architecture from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. She holds a B.A. in studio arts from Wesleyan University.

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LAMAS Past and Present

  • Missy Ablin
  • Elaine Chau
  • Scott Claassen
  • Pooja Dalal
  • Patrick Ethen
  • Scott Fredricks
  • Andrea Kamilaris
  • Daniel Kobran
  • Soonjae Kwon
  • Liu Liu
  • Nora Leon
  • Tarlton Long
  • Owen Maher
  • Roya Mottahedeh
  • Isaac Ng
  • Jennifer Ng
  • Le Nguyen
  • Elizabeth Nichols
  • Max Obata
  • Gloria Perez
  • Clara Syme
  • Dakota Wares-Tani
  • Peter Yi
  • Caterina Cuda
  • Carolina Mellado
  • Miriam Wierzchoslawska
  • Mark Kurzawinski
  • Ella den Elzen
  • Kiefer Savage
  • Kevin Chen
  • Grace Chang
  • Fahim Shahreer
  • Kevin Chan