Jennifer Lee was born in Washington, D.C. She holds a degree from the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York City, and she graduated with honors from Harvard College in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She assisted in the publication of Soundings, Architectures in Love, and Adjusting Foundations by John Hejduk and The New York Waterfront published by Monacelli Press while working at the Irwin S. Chanin Architecture Archives at the Cooper Union. She has taught at the Graduate Architecture Department of Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, as well as at Cranbrook Art Academy as Architect-in-Residence and at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. In 2003 she was named a de Montequin Senior Fellow by the Society of Architectural Historians. Jennifer Lee is a 2006 fellow in Architecture/Environmental Structures from the New York Foundation for the Arts and is the 2006 winner of the PS1 MoMA Young Architects Program. She was recognized with the 2007 Urban Visionaries Award from the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art.