Albert Lee, a Managing Director in IDEO’s New York office, brings more than a decade of experience in digital product, communication, and venture design to IDEO. He specializes in developing new offerings and incubating ventures for clients based on consumer insights in a wide range of industries, including retail, financial services, consumer technology, and fashion.
He’s also a strong proponent of entrepreneurship and serves as a mentor at NEA Studio, KPCB’s Design Council, and TechStars, as well as on the advisory boards of a select group of New York based start-ups, such as Zady and Brewster. Albert also co-founded the product, Popplet, which provides a visual productivity and collaboration platform for education.
Albert has a deep background in both design and business. Prior to joining IDEO, Albert was a Managing Director at the design firm 2x4, and founded their Asia office in Beijing. Earlier in his career he was a design architect at Frank Gehry’s office.
Albert holds a BA in architecture from U.C. Berkeley, a MFA in graphic design from Yale, and an MBA from Columbia Business School. His work has been recognized and exhibited by SFMoMA and MOMA. In 2006, he was chosen as a Young Gun by the Art Director’s Club. He has served on the board of directors of AIGA/NY as treasurer. He has also been a visiting design critic at Yale, Parsons, Pratt and Columbia.