Raymond Lee is an architect and is a Principal at FGM Architects, based out of Oak Brook, Illinois, with over 37 years of experience. He specializes in the programming and planning of public safety (law enforcement, emergency communications, and fire service), municipal, and recreation facilities. When working with clients, he is fully committed to understanding their goals and culture and finding ways to support them. He is a life-long learner with a passion for understanding how the built environment can influence the effectiveness of an organization and the quality of life for the users. Ray also has an outstanding knowledge of resilient design, focusing on best practices for safety and security from man-made threats and natural disasters. Ray is second-generation Chinese American (his parents and grandparents immigrated to the United States, and he was born in Chicago). The second son in a stereotypical Chinese family, his grandfather even owned a laundry. Ray grew up in very ethnically mixed neighborhoods and didn’t realize diversity issues existed until he attended high school. When he isn’t learning about some new aspect of his work, Ray loves to spend time traveling with his wife, visiting his kids, playing with the new puppy, cooking, ballroom dancing, building guitars, and taking photos. Ray has a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Illinois Chicago, ia a LEED Accredited Professional, CPTED Certified Practitioner, and a Cal EMA Safety Assessment Program Disaster Service Worker Volunteer.
“As a Public Safety Geek, I strive to create the best facilities possible.”