Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Lydia Lee is a writer and editor specializing in architecture and design, with a particular interest in sustainability. Currently, she is an editor at the California edition of The Architect’s Newspaper. Her writing has also appeared in Metropolis, the New York Times T Magazine, Dwell, Eco-Structure, the San Francisco Chronicle, and many other publications.

Lee has also been on staff at California Home+Design,, The Industry Standard, and NewMedia. She got her start as a technology reporter, and once got to interview Claudia Schiffer about her custom pink Palm. At home, one of her favorite possessions is a Milo Baughman recliner that she rescued from the sidewalk.

Geological Formation
A net-zero house in Northern California is earth-first in more ways than one.
Steel the Scene
Two architects collaborate on a modular compound that celebrates an unspoiled Sonoma landscape.
Traditional Sensibilities Made Modern with Raw Materials
From neon resin to found twigs, Benwu Studio's playful designs stand out.
A Heavenly Backyard is Precise with Pebbles
A San Francisco landscape designer finds a small-space solution that’s anything but narrow-minded.
Andrea Cochran's Bold Landscape Designs Are Natural Wonders
Andrea Cochran, a 2014 National Design Award winner, applies a site-specific approach to tease out the ephemeral and sensory.
Family Matters
The open spaces and transparency of modern architecture turn out to be extremely useful when there’s a house full of relatives.