New York-based architect Lee Mindel received his Master of Architecture from Harvard after obtaining his B.A., Cum Laude with distinction at the University of Pennsylvania. He worked for the New York architecture firms of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and then Rogers, Butler, Burgun, before forming the firm Shelton, Mindel, & Associates with Peter Shelton in 1978. Since the formation of Shelton, Mindel & Associates in 1978, the architects have strayed from the dictates of their modernist training to avoid the trappings of a signature style. Their formal explorations steadily oscillate between the "modern" and the "traditional," directed in each cast toward a carefully wrought simplicity. In addition to the firm’s architecture and interior design expertise, it has a product design division with collections for Knoll, Waterworks, Jack Lenor Larsen, V’Soske, and Nessen Lighting. Shelton Mindel & Associates is the recipient of 17 AIA awards for interior architecture, three design awards from the Society of American Registered Architects, a Progressive Architecture citation, three Roscoe awards for product design and most recently the 2004 American Architecture Award from The Chicago Athenaeum. The American Institute of Architecture, the National Academy of Design, and the Houston Museum of Fine Arts have exhibited the firm’s work in both traveling and permanent exhibitions. Both Peter L. Shelton and Lee F. Mindel have been inducted into the Interior Hall of Fame, and in 2000 Mindel became a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.
Question: What's the world's biggest challenge?
Lee Mindel: I have always thought since I was little if you eat a candy bar and you threw the wrap around where does the wrapper go and we have so many wrappers now musically wrappers, we have candy wrappers where ----- and I am thinking over all these years if I count the number of candy bars I have eaten I wonder where that all stuff all is and I do think about that. I wonder where is everything going, where does it end up because once we get rid of it, we think it doesn’t exist anymore, but its got to go somewhere so I do think about that like ---- and this is not be politically packed about green, but I have always wondered since I was little aware if you could have a follow something a matter that you wasted and where all that stuff ends up. I wonder I wonder what happens to the world because of that. So I think about that and then I am a little concerned with the acceleration and the breaching of formality we have with each other through blackberries and emails and there is a kind of new ones lost and a respect lost and I miss that. The formality of addressing somebody of respecting somebody. So you get all this ---- they are kind of like web based fought. We are someone just fought something when they are angry on the toilet to you about something and you don’t understand the new ones and they have no compunction about sending it to you at one in the morning on a Saturday night because they are thinking of it then and yet they don’t realize what that does on the other end to the people who receive it. So I wish we could love our media, but we could step back from it and respect each other and use it in a way that honors each other instead of a kind of flatulence [phonetic] or masturbatory exercise.
Recorded On: 6/1/07