Doris and Ted Lee: Fostering the Future of Urban Redevelopment
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Inspired by his father’s success in property investment, Ted Lee (Boalt JD ’59, Haas MBA ’66) pursued real estate with his wife, Doris Shoong Lee, a decision that would lead the couple on a journey of generous community support for nearly four decades.
Following his studies at UC Berkeley, Ted Lee worked as an advisor on urban redevelopment projects for California minority communities, and his efforts resulted in projects such as San Francisco’s Japantown and Jones Memorial Homes, Sacramento’s Chinatown, and the Filipino Center in Stockton. Drawn to the potential of being more directly involved in development, Ted and Doris founded the Urban Land Company in 1972, a privately-held real estate investment and development firm in San Francisco and Las Vegas.
The Lees have been longstanding active participants at UC Berkeley, and their contributions and philanthropy have brought the College of Environmental Design a step closer to achieving our ambitious educational goals. Ted Lee was a Berkeley Fellow and served on the UC Berkeley Foundation and other committees, and Doris currently serves as a Trustee of the UC Berkeley Foundation. The Lees have sponsored a series of major conferences on urban sustainability in 2012 in support of innovative programming at UC Berkeley.
In 2009, Ted and Doris Lee endowed the Theodore B. and Doris Shoong Lee Distinguished Professorship in Real Estate Law and Urban Planning, to foster interdisciplinary collaboration between CED and Berkeley Law. The principal goal of the Professorship is to support the work of a distinguished Visiting Professor who is a practitioner to teach one graduate course per year with a focus on the intersection of real estate, urban planning, and land use/environmental law. The interdisciplinary learning opportunities provided by the Professorship, as well as the Lees' other manifold contributions, stimulate new veins of intellectual thought necessary for addressing today's complex urban development issues.