Former Mid-Ohio Valley resident designs New York City waterfront park

Leading seminar in France

Photo Provided Trevor Lee designed this “sturgeon playground,” part of the makeover of Pier 26 in New York City.

PHILADELPHIA — Trevor Lee, who formerly lived in the Mid-Ohio Valley, worked on the design of a large waterfront park in New York City and will lead a workshop on solar artwork next month in France. Lee, a landscape architect, is an associate and manager of visual communications at OLIN in Philadelphia.

He lived in Marietta and Parkersburg while growing up, and is the son of Fred Lee of Vienna and Judy Lavigne of Orlando, Fla.

Lee is a member of the design team at OLIN working on an eco-friendly makeover of Tribeca’s Pier 26 in New York’s Hudson River Park. The park extends into the Hudson River with views of the Statue of Liberty and One World Trade Center.

The pier will contain an outdoor recreational area, including a “sturgeon playground,” and sections for students and adults to learn about the city’s wetlands.

Construction on Pier 26 is scheduled to begin this year and be completed in the fall of 2020, Lee said.

A mission of the 2.5-acre pier landscape project is to educate people about the endangered species and plants living in the Hudson River Estuary of New York City, Lee said.

Lee will be leading the workshop “Organic Solar Futures: Investigating Art + Energy Technologies” in Lessac, France from Aug. 19-25.

The workshop is sponsored by the nonprofit organization Domaine de Boisbuchet, which covers the topics of design, architecture and nature.

“As we move towards our renewable energy future, new technologies offer unlimited potential for integrating art and energy,” according to Domaine de Boisbuchet’s website.

“The workshop (led by Lee) will consider the transformative and creative possibilities of Organic Photovoltaics (OPV) thin film technologies. We will investigate scale, form, color and transparency in the deployment of the energy absorbing thin film solar sheets. These micro-scaled installations in the landscape will integrate with their surroundings both visually and environmentally while providing movement during the day and self-illumination at night,” the organization’s website notes.

Lee said he will discuss placing an art piece in a public space that collects energy.

Lee will be teaching a design course this fall at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago.

This month he spoke on “designing coastal spaces with both people and place in mind” at the LBI Foundation of the Arts and Sciences’ lecture and discussion at the Jersey Shore.

Lee has over 14 years of experience in the private and academic sectors, working in urban planning, strategic leadership and project management.

In his previous position as associate at James Corner Field Operations, Lee led the concept phase of The High Line section 3 in New York City and the winning competition entry for Chicago’s Navy Pier.

He also led the design of the Central Green in Philadelphia’s Navy Yard and was a senior designer for the Tsim Tsha Tsui waterfront in Hong Kong, a waterfront nearly one-mile in length.

Lee completed a two-year fellowship with UPSTATE: at Syracuse University’s School of Architecture, where he led studios focusing on the post-industrial landscape. He has taught studios at the University of Pennsylvania and worked with the artist Michael Singer, landscape architect Martha Schwartz Partners and previously with OLIN as a senior landscape designer in Philadelphia.

At OLIN, Lee led the design team for the Yale University Forestry School Landscape, a LEED platinum project. He was the lead designer for the Potomac Park Levee project in Washington, D.C.

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