HDR Promotes Sangmin Lee to Regional Director for Health in China

Sangmin Lee

HDR Design Principal Sangmin Lee, KIA, LEED AP BD+C, has been promoted to bring his talent and expertise to China as a regional director for Health. With 16 years of experience in design and architecture and extensive work in Asia, Lee will lead design teams and build new opportunities for HDR healthcare projects in China. His expertise in the cultural implications of design around the globe will bring a new perspective to HDR’s global health practice.

Lee has worked in over 10 countries with diverse cultures throughout the world, including China, United Kingdom, Japan, Mexico, Panama, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, United Arab Emirates and the U.S. His diligence in melding cultural identity with corporate identity through a global understanding of differences in how services are marketed and delivered has established his reputation for implementing innovative branding strategies into the design process.

“Sangmin has a deep understanding of the cultural implications that inform design,” said Brian Kowalchuk, AIA, LEED AP, Global Design Director at HDR. “His talent for creating optimal healing environments with a human-centered design philosophy has already impacted our work in the China region and will continue to do so in this new role.”

Lee’s current projects include the World Architecture News Awards 2018 finalist Everbright Life Center, the new, 1,400-bed hospital for the Guilin Medical School Affiliated Hospital in Guilin, China, and the new, Western-style UCLA Health - R&F International Hospital in Guangzhou, China.

“Our work in China has expanded over the last decade, and Sangmin has been a tremendous part of that effort,” said Hank Adams, AIA, FACHA, EDAC, Global Director of Health at HDR. “We are confident that Sangmin’s leadership and creativity will foster further growth in the region and reinforce our reputation for world-class healthcare design.”

Lee earned a Master of Architecture at Yale University in 2003. He also earned his Bachelor of Engineering at Hoseo University in South Korea, as well as an additional Master of Architecture at Kyonggi University in South Korea.

About HDR's Healthcare Experience

At HDR, we blend our deep knowledge of healthcare delivery with our understanding of how environments can shape behaviors and outcomes to create solutions for clients that respect the human impact of their work — solutions that champion human-centered design, solve real problems, make lives better and advance wellness, well-being, healing and cures.

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For more than a century, HDR has partnered with clients to shape communities and push the boundaries of what’s possible. Our expertise spans nearly 10,000 employees, in more than 200 locations around the world — and counting. Our engineering, architecture, environmental and construction services bring an impressive breadth of knowledge to every project. Our optimistic approach to finding innovative solutions defined our past and drives our future.