James Wright | FAIA, NCARB


First Vice President, AIA International Region
Principal at Lester Korzilius Art + Architecture

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Lester Korzilius runs a concurrent arts and architecture practice based in London and the south coast of the United Kingdom.

From 2005 to 2017 Lester was a main board director and co-owner of EllisWilliams Architects with offices throughout the United Kingdom and in Germany.  Lester was the project director for a range of education projects in the primary, secondary, further education, and special needs sectors.  Additionally, Lester led EWA teams providing client-side estate strategies for their secondary school and primary school estates. Lester has also designed several cinema  and leisure centre projects.  

From 1997 to 2005 Lester was a project director with Foster & Partners and subsequently with YRM.  Projects for which he was responsible included several university buildings in Qatar, office buildings in the City of London, and a hospital in Ireland.

From 1988 to 1997 Lester was in private practice in New York City concentrating on commercial and residential projects, several of which were internationally published.

From 1979 to 1988 Lester served as a project architect in the offices of John Lautner, Paul Rudolph, Herman Hertzberger, and Richard Rogers, working on projects throughout Europe, the Far East, and the United States.

Lester is a licensed architect in the United States (New York) and the United Kingdom and holds NCARB certification.  Lester received his architectural training at UCLA and the California Polytechnic State University of San Luis Obispo.  He additionally holds an MSc from the University of Reading and an MA from Kingston University.  He is currently obtaining an MFA from the University of Sussex.