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Jonas Coersmeier

Adjunct Associate Professor - CCE


Jonas Coersmeier, Dipl.-Ing. MSAAD, is an award-winning architect, educator and partner of the design practice Büro NY based in New York and Berlin. Before co-founding his first design practice, Probehead LLC, specializing in online environments, he worked as a management consultant for McKinsey & Company. He studied at TU-Darmstadt, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Columbia University, where he was awarded the Honor Award for Excellence in Design, The Kinne Fellows Prize, and The Lowenfish Prize for Design.

Jonas Coersmeier is an Adjunct Associate Professor with CCE at Pratt Institute, where he teaches graduate and post-graduate architecture and urban design studios, as well as advanced technology seminars. He has coined the term Material Urbanism, which refers to an urban design method as well as a disciplinary position for urban design. He has coordinated the Architecture and Urban Design program (MSAUD) and the Rising Architects and Designers program, and he has founded the international program Pratt Berlin. His design research project Nanotectonica examines concepts of Nature as they pertain to ecological thinking and building, and addresses the architectural mandate in the midst of a global climate crisis.

He has received design awards by the Empire State Development Corporation NY, the Foundation for the Arts and Culture of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, the Van Alen Institute in New York, and others. He is finalist and first runner-up in the 9/11 Memorial Competition. He was a fellow of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), and nominated for the German Academy in Rome, and the MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program. His work has been published and exhibited internationally, including in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Architectural Record, Metropolis Magazine, The New Yorker, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Der Spiegel and others. It has been exhibited at ACADIA, Siggraph, the van Alen Institute, Columbia University, the Goethe Institute in New York and Washington DC, the Martin Gropius Bau in Berlin, and the World Financial Center in New York City.

Coersmeier teaches urban housing design studios at the University of Pennsylvania Weitzman School of Design, and previously he was chair of the Digital Design Department at the University of Kassel, Germany. He is a registered architect in Berlin, Germany.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Columbia University