Jon Mckee Aia

About Lyceum Fellowship - Engaging Students in Design & Travel

Through a unique structure of design competition, jury process, and prize winning travel grants, the Lyceum promotes collaboration, connectivity, and a design dialogue among schools, their students of architecture and the prominent architects who serve as program authors and jurors.

Lyceum Founder

Jon McKee, AIA

Architect, Philanthropist andFounding Partner of Symmes Maini& McKee Associates (SMMA).

Born and raised in Montpelier, Vermont, Jon graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a Bachelors of Architecture in 1949. He joined SMMA founding partners Bill Maini and Parker Symmes in 1958, and requested that the firm be established as a A/E rather than E/A, to emphasize the primary need for high-design quality from an integrated firm. His approach always focused on raising the level of design excellence at SMMA and was evidenced throughout his professional career beginning with his initial involvement with designing all the buildings for the firm.

As SMMA grew to become one of the largest design firms in the region during the 1960s and 1970s, McKee was responsible for selecting new designers who showed a high degree of creativity and innovation while establishing a Design Review Board internally to critique and challenge the firm's design solutions.

Board of Directors

Board Committee

Participating Schools to Date

  • Arizona State University
  • Auburn University
  • Boston Architectural College
  • California College of the Arts
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • City College of New York
  • Clemson University
  • Columbia University
  • Cooper Union
  • Cornell University
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Harvard University
  • Laval University
  • Marywood University
  • McGill University
  • Miami University (Ohio)
  • Moscow Architectural Institute
  • North Carolina State University
  • Oklahoma State University
  • Pennsylvania College of Technology
  • Penn State University
  • Pratt Institute
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Rhode Island School of Design
  • Savannah College of Art and Design
  • Southern California Institute of Architecture
  • Temple University
  • Texas A&M
  • Tulane University
  • Tuskegee University
  • Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
  • University of Arizona
  • University of Arkansas
  • University of Calgary
  • University of California Berkeley
  • University of Cincinnati
  • University of Hawaii at Manoa
  • University of Illinois at Chicago
  • University of Louisiana
  • University of Manitoba
  • University of Miami
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Nebraska Lincoln
  • University of Oklahoma
  • University of Oregon
  • University of Southern California
  • University of Tennessee Knoxville
  • University of Texas – Austin
  • University of Toronto
  • Washington University
  • Wentworth Institute of Technology
  • Woodbury University
  • Yale University