Chandle Lee was born and raised in the culturally and ethnically diverse country of Malaysia. He grew-up speaking four Chinese dialects, the official language of Malay, and English. Chandle came to the US as a foreign student after he finished high school, obtained a BS degree in Architecture from Arizona State University and then a Masters degree in Architecture from the University of Michigan. He first started working as a processional architect in the San Francisco Bay Area and then New York and has been working as a professional architect for almost twenty years. He has also worked as an architect in Shanghai and China. Besides a practicing architectural he has also taught architectural design at the Academy of Art in San Francisco. For several years he has been dividing his time and energy between architecture and his fine art creations.
"Ever since I was a child, growing up in Malaysia, the practice of art always came naturally to me and it is that practice that created the way for me to study and to become a very successful architect. Now it is the architectural practice that has lead me beck into the fine art arena. It is the architectural requirements of precision and my worldly experiences that have and continue to influence my fine art creations, drawings, paintings, and sculptures."