Gloria Lee, a graduate from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (S.B., Political Science), and the Yale School of Art (M.F.A. Graphic Design), founded the design studio, Buds Design Kitchen, which works in software prototyping and media design
Professor Lee's applied work has been directed toward issues of organizational systems, communication and the role that visual communication can play, with an emphasis upon participatory design methods. Her current work is focused upon design rhetoric with the issues of sustainability and education.
A board-member emeritus of Adobe Education Partners by Design, she was a founding board member for the Austin chapter of the AIGA.