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Karl Lee

Director of Development Services

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Professional Summary

Karl brings over 20 years delivering real estate development services and project management solutions totaling over 9 million square feet and in excess of $800MM throughout the Americas and Caribbean, EMEA and APAC.

With a diverse background in construction, architecture, planning and project management, Karl offers a unique and comprehensive perspective to his role. Karl has demonstrated the ability to successfully complete high-profile, fast-track projects to deliver the highest quality of services and end-results. His expertise embodies a project’s entire life-cycle and ranges from strategic planning to post-construction scenarios. His experience encompasses large headquarters re-stack and relocation projects; base building upgrades; mission critical work including data centers and disaster recovery sites; specialty build-outs including conferencing, showroom, trading floor, parking lot and various specialty spaces; and core and shell assignments.

In his current role as the Director of Development Services, Karl will establish and lead the efforts of bringing development and project management to Raleigh, NC on behalf of Colliers. Karl will lead the efforts in building the local team, business development, market analysis, and oversight of the region, while growing the business through leading assignments focusing largely on Corporate Relocations, Tech, Financial Institutions, Government Sectors, Retail, Multifamily, Office, and Industrial Build-to-Suit developments.

Prior to joining Colliers, Karl was a Global Director of Project Management for CBRE with responsibilities based both in the NY Tri-State region as well as in a global enterprise role with a focus on providing project management services to both Occupier and Investor clients. Karl managed a team of direct reports and alliance partners in collaboration with CBRE’s Transactions, Facilities and Project Management services lines to execute over 80 projects annually in 28 countries throughout the Americas, EMEA and APAC.

Prior to CBRE, Karl was a Senior Project Director with Cushman & Wakefield where he was responsible for new business development strategies to secure and lead over 2 million square feet of project management assignments throughout the NY Tri- State Area and the Caribbean. Karl also supported C&W’s Global Project Management Practice with the development of a best practices program used for the consistent delivery of project management services across all accounts and assignments globally.

Karl has held previous positions at CBRE, Quartararo and Associates (now JLL), Works-in-Progress Associates and Nucor Construction Corp. along with internships at the New York City Department of City Planning and Croxton Collaborative Architects.


2012:  Cushman &  Wakefield's Inaugural Tri-State  "Project Manager of the Year" Award.


New York University (NYU) - New York, NY and Florence, NY

  • Bachelor of Arts (BA), Urban Design & Architecture Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA), Metropolitan Studies


OSHA 30 Certification

Memberships & Involvements


Urban Land Institute (ULI)

Raleigh Chamber



"Karl’s expertise, calm demeanor, and leadership as our external project manager were key to implementing our complex Manhattan Real Estate Strategy, which involved several very challenging projects in Manhattan and Jersey City, including multiple floors and phases at the iconic 30 Rock building."

-Gary Wieczorek, Design & Construction Program Manager at Deloitte


"I first met and had the pleasure of working with Karl in 2018. We had just renewed our lease in Rockefeller Center for a 15-year term and were about to embark on a $40MM renovation project. Karl was the project manager assigned to the project and we worked hand in hand over the next 20 months. Karl kept the contractor and sub-contractors in line and held them to their word. He kept the project meetings organized and running smoothly. He kept meticulous records and followed up on all action items and was very fair. I wouldn't hesitate to work with him again on any project, large or small."

-Jill Boyd, Sr. Director - Facilities and Corporate Services at Simon & Schuster




Change Management, Construction Control, Construction Management, Data Centers, Design and Build, Development Consulting, Workplace and Interior Design

Service Lines

Project Management

Property Type

Healthcare, Hotels, Industrial, Multifamily, Office, Retail

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