Alton S. Lee and

David A. Lee . Architects

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Firm History

Resume of David A. Lee, Principal

Representative Projects

Project Photos

Current Project Reports for Review

Contact Information


807 Intrepid Lane
Redwood Shores, CA 94065
Phone: 405.822.4347 Fax: 650.598.9414


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Last Updated on February 2, 2010 by Dave Lee

Firm History

Founded in 1974, the firm is the continuation of the practice of Alton Lee, who for the previous 27 years was an associate and principal in the firms of Spencer & Ambrose, Spencer & Lee and Spencer, Lee & Busse.  David Lee became an equal partner in the firm in 1978.  Alton Lee retired as a partner at the end of 1988, but continued his services to the firm, acting as a consultant on special projects until 1994.  The firm provides master planning, architectural and interior design services to corporate, institutional and governmental clients.

The experience of the firm encompasses a broad range of building types including public, commercial, industrial, institutional, and educational buildings, single and multi-family housing, museums, visitor centers, facilities for recreation, and historic restoration and reconstruction.

The size of the firm has remained small (4-10 employees) intentionally, so that the principals can give clients their individual attention.  Nevertheless, the firm has designed projects up to $80 million in construction cost.  Because of the active participation of the partners and the strong staff which assembled over the past 22 years, the firm has earned a reputation for good design, concern for clients' needs, thoroughness, and attention to detail.

The firm has a long-standing relationship with Stanford University dating back to 1945.  During the years 1945-1974, the firms of Spencer & Ambrose, Spencer & Lee, and Spencer, Lee & Busse provided architectural design and planning services for many major projects at the University.  These included four major dormitory complexes, space and earth sciences buildings, Tresidder Student Union, the High Energy Physics Laboratory, the Central Steam Plant and Chillers, and literally hundreds of smaller projects.

In 1986 Alton S. Lee and David A. Lee again began providing design and planning services to the University.  Since that time they have participated in over 100 projects ranging in size from $30,000 to $8,000,000 in construction cost.  These projects have included housing repair and alteration projects, laboratory remodelings, a new housing maintenance facility, seismic strengthenings, and the master planning and design of studios for the art department faculty.

Projects of note completed since the present firm’s creation in 1974 include the California State Railroad Museum; Maswik Lodge, El Tovar Hotel exterior restoration, and Employee Housing at Grand Canyon National Park; an aircraft paint facility at NAS Alameda; and master plan and design documents for 835 units of new and 832 units of rehabilitated Bachelor Quarters at NAS Lemoore, completed as part of the recent base realignment and closure program.

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David A. Lee, Registered Architect

Principal, Alton S. Lee & David A. Lee, Architects

An architect experienced in planning, design, project management, production of construction documents, construction support, and the coordination of the various disciplines in the production of contract documents.  His primary professional experience is in governmental, institutional, industrial, and recreational work.  Recent experience has included earthquake repair and seismic bracing of numerous types of buildings, and the design of data processing, industrial shop, laboratory, aircraft maintenance, military and university housing and food service facilities.  Other experience includes museums, visitor facilities in the national parks, and historic restoration and reconstruction projects.  Now a sole proprietor, he has been a principal of his firm since 1978.


California, Architect No. C9636

NCARB No. 48,655


Bachelor of Arts, with Great Distinction, Architecture, 1969

Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Product Design, 1974

Stanford University

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Representative Projects

National Park Project Experience:

  • 120 Guest rooms, Maswik Lodge, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona.
  • Lodge building, including cafeteria, bar, gift shop, and registration desk, Maswik Lodge, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona.
  • 150 Employee apartments, commercial laundry, and laundromat, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona.
  • Fire station and two ranger residences, Clover Creek, Sequoia National Park, California.


 Museums and Historic Restoration/Reconstruction Experience:

  • History Building, California State Railroad Museum, Sacramento, California.
  • Reconstruction of the Central Pacific Passenger Depot and Big Four Building, California State Railroad Museum, Old Sacramento State Historic Park, CA.
  • Reconstruction of the Officials' Barracks and Old Kitchen, Fort Ross State Historic Park, CA.
  • Reroofing of three wings of the historic Del Monte Hotel Building, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA.
  • Exterior restoration of the El Tovar Hotel, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ.
  • Freighthouse and Restroom Building, Roaring Camp & Big Trees Narrow Gauge Railroad, Felton, CA.


 Housing Project Experience:

  • Comprehensive Neighborhood Plan for bachelor quarters and administrative neighborhoods at NAS Lemoore, California.
  • 825 Units of new BOQ and BEQ apartments, NAS Lemoore, California.
  • $42,000,000 of BEQ repair and modernization projects, NAS Lemoore, California.
  • Renovation and capital improvement project for Wilbur Hall, Stanford University.
  • Repair and modernization of five row houses, Stanford University.
  • Modernization of six BEQ Towers, 252 rooms, Naval Air Station, Lemoore, California.
  • Remodeling of BEQ Building 259 at the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey.
  • Remodeling of kitchens in 278 townhouse units at the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey.
  • Study of the renovation of 310 apartment units at the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey.


 Industrial Project Experience:

  • Aircraft Paint and Finishing Hangar for the Naval Aviation Depot (NADEP), Naval Air Station, Alameda, California.
  • Material Engineering Laboratory for NADEP, NAS Alameda.
  • Covered Aircraft Washrack for Beale AFB, California.
  • Airframes Shop, Naval Air Station, Lemoore, California.
  • North Waterfront Work Facility, Mare Island Naval Shipyard, California.
  • Hazardous & Flammable Materials Warehouse, Naval Supply Center, Oakland, California.
  • Studies for addition of Cooling Tower No. 4, Central Heating and Cooling Plant, Stanford University.


 Seismic Retrofit and Repair Experience:

  • Seismic design study and cost estimate for remodeling and seismic bracing of Terman Annex, Mechanical Engineering Department, Stanford University.
  • Seismic strengthening and remodeling of Columbae House, Stanford University.
  • Earthquake repairs to 8 residence halls following the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, Stanford University.
  • Earthquake repairs to 6 row houses following the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, Stanford University.
  • Seismic bracing and addition to lecture hall at the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey.
  • Remodeling and seismic bracing of BOQ building at the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey. The building is a portion of the historic Del Monte Hotel.
  • Study and preliminary design for seismic isolation of the thirteen story City Hall building, Hayward, California.
  • Seismic bracing of Steam Plant, Building 10, Naval Air Station, Alameda, CA.


 General Project Experience:

  • Over 150 repair and remodeling projects at Stanford University during the past 16 years. These projects include artists' studios, classrooms, laboratories, maintenance, housing and food service facilities.
  • Data Automation Facility, Castle Air Force Base, Merced, California.


 Residential Project Experience:

  • Tucher Residence, Kirkwood Meadows, California.
  • Layman-Lee Residence (straw bale construction), Westcliffe, Colorado.


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Project Photos


Artists' Studios - Stanford University

Artists' Studios - Stanford University


Maswik Lodge - Grand Canyon National Park

Row House Residence - Stanford University


Bachelor Quarters - NAS Lemoore, CA


Aircraft Paint Facility - NAS Alameda, CA


Tucher Residence - Kirkwood, CA

Tucher Residence - Kirkwood, CA




Layman-Lee Residence – Westcliffe, CO



Layman-Lee Residence – Westcliffe, CO


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Current Project Reports for Review

There are no current reports for review.

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