Beers & Banters talks with two generations of Jackson Hole architects

JACKSON, Wyo. — From two-room log cabins to Teton County’s 10,000 square foot building limit mandated in the 1990s, Jackson Hole residential architecture has passed through many changes in the past 100 years or so.

Architects Vince Lee and Chris Lee will join the Jackson Hole Historical Society & Museum (JHHSM) for a Beers and Banter discussion about their experiences as Jackson Hole architects.

Vince Lee worked as an architect in Jackson for 34 years from the mid-1960s to the late 1990s. His son Chris Lee began practicing in the late 1990s and is now the owner of the firm Design Associates Architects. Together, the two have more than 55 years of combined experience in Jackson Hole architecture.

Book cover, courtesy of Vince Lee.

Beers and Banter will be moderated online by JHHSM Executive Director Morgan Jaouen, following an informal, conversational format. At the end, the audience can chat in questions for the speakers.

Sign up at bit.ly/architectsjh to receive a link and reminder for the free event. In lieu of the usual beer or beverage purchase, the Historical Society & Museum asks that you consider a $5 donation to support the nonprofit program at bit.ly/beersdonate.

  • What: Beers and Banter: Two Generations of Jackson Hole Architecture
  • When: Thursday, February 4, 7-8 p.m.
  • Where: Online with Jackson Hole Historical Society and Museum. Register at bit.ly/architectsjh to receive the program Zoom link.
  • Who: Guest speakers Vince Lee and Chris Lee
  • Cost: Free. In lieu of a normal beer purchase, donations of $5 are gratefully accepted at bit.ly/beersdonate.

Vince Lee lived in Jackson for more than 30 years before moving with his wife Nancy to McElmo Canyon horse ranch in the Four Corners Country of southwestern Colorado. In addition to being an architect with more than 500 projects under his belt and owner of the firm Design Associates, Vince started his own mountain guiding service called High Country West.

His dual interests eventually combine in his pursuit of Andean archaeology, especially in Peru, and he has published several books on the subject.

Vince’s most recent book called “The Last of the Old West: A Cautionary Tale” focuses on his years in Jackson Hole. Learn more about Vince’s work and books at vince-lee.com.

Vince Lee drawing for Bill and Mary Ashley residence in Skyline subdivision drawn circa 1971. Courtesy of Vince Lee.

Chris Lee began his career in Architecture in the late 1990s. After graduating with honors from Montana State University with a BA in Architecture, he went to work for his father’s firm Design Associates Architects. The firm specialized in custom residences and Christopher soon gained a lot of experience.

In 2001, Chris’ father retired and sold him the firm. Today, Design Associates Architects has two offices in two states and between 20 and 30 projects on the boards at any one time.

The work has expanded from residential-only to include resort, commercial, workforce and hotel projects. Chris is currently the only Architect on staff and has Licenses in Wyoming, Idaho, Utah and New York.

Design Associates focuses on smart designs, great use of space and engaging architecture. Their projects range from locations in Jackson, Wyoming to the greater U.S. and Canada. Learn more about Chris’ work at dajh.com.

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