Renowned Architect Christopher Lee Joins Board of Directors For the Global Housing Foundation

Renowned Architect Christopher Lee Joins Board of Directors For the Global Housing Foundation



Alyssa Nightingale


Renowned Architect Christopher Lee Joins Board of Directors 

For the Global Housing Foundation

Lee Will Bring 30 Years of Experience to His Role of Providing Sustainable Housing

Acclaimed architect Christopher Lee, owner and operator of the national firm Design Associates Architects, has joined the Global Housing Foundation’s Board of Directors. Licensed in four states, Lee will now take his extensive knowledge of the industry into a much larger capacity as he works in conjunction with the non-profit organization to spearhead real estate advancements with workforce housing throughout the world.   “We are fortunate to welcome Christopher Lee into our foundation where he will play a crucial role as we continue to focus on solutions which address the global housing crisis and how to provide adequate shelter for the working poor,” said Owen Gwyn, Chairman of the Global Housing Foundation.  

With nearly three decades in the architecture field, Lee began his career by working for his father at Design Associates Architects. Creating custom residences in the prestigious vacation destination of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Lee honed his talent by building and designing beautiful yet practical properties. After taking over the business in 2001, Lee expanded the company to include resort, commercial, workforce and hotel projects.  “Mr. Lee brings such a wealth of experience, strategic planning and leadership to his role as Board Member where his guidance and influence will enable the foundation to continue to provide tangible results,” added Sharon K. Young, President of the Global Housing Foundation.  

The Global Housing Foundation is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, marking its continued success of spearheading homeownership solutions through productive partnerships. The foundation is a strategic partner to UN-Habitat and recently celebrated United Nations Day by bringing together a select group of top international industry influencers and decision makers to identify innovative opportunities and solutions and to share experiences and knowledge focusing specifically on providing housing for the working poor on a global basis.

 In recent years, the Global Housing Foundation has seen success through several projects including its Panama Project which provided homes for the working poor in Panama.  Completed in partnership with the United Nations and in alliance with the country’s Grupo Shahani, the project addressed three of the UN-Habitat’s top directives including public/private collaboration in building the homes, the creation of workforce housing and the empowerment of women, initiatives that serve as the foundation for each project that the Global Housing Foundation is involved with. 

“It is an honor to serve on the Board of the Global Housing Foundation and participate in this leadership role.  The foundation is impacting the lives of so many as they help build upon the dream that every family, regardless of their income, can feel safe and secure in their own home,” explained Lee.   

About Global Housing Foundation

The Global Housing Foundation is a 501(c)3 launched in 1999 when its founder and United Nations Scroll of Honor recipient, René Frank, took up a challenge from the United Nations Commission on Human Settlements (UNCHS) as to why the private real estate industry did not do more to help solve the housing crisis around the world.  The foundation’s mission is, in conjunction with UN-Habitat, to bring together the resources necessary to create housing for the working poor.  For more information, visit