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Jonathan Scelsa

Associate Professor


Jonathan is an Architect, Urbanist, and Educator. He is a founding partner of the New York based practice, OP – Architecture Landscape, which operates in between the oppositions of Architecture and Landscape resulting in design solutions that strive to dis-integrate the subject-object relationship conventionally established between the two disciplines.

Jonathan’s research explores the geometric legacy of optical mechanics, the contemporary robotic production of component-based construction, and the reorganization of the city around visible micro infrastructural elements.

Jonathan’s design work has been supported by several institutions including the American Academy in Rome, the New York State Council of the Arts (NYSCA); the Architectural League of New York; and the Department of State’s Fulbright Program. His research has been published and exhibited widely in journals including, PIDGIN, Bracket, MONU, Displacements, COLUMNS, CLOG, the JAE, and PLOT and has co-edited several volumes including, The Function of Style, published by Actar and Harvard GSD; and has a forthcoming volume which will be released by Routledge in 2023, Pedagogical Experiments in Architecture for a Changing Climate. 

As an educator, Jonathan has taught widely including Masters design studios and seminars in Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design, the Rhode Island School of Design, Northeastern University, Parsons School of Design, the Boston Architectural College, City College of New York and the Harvard GSD.

Jonathan is a Licensed Architect in the state of New York.

Master of Architecture in Urban Design with Distinction
Harvard University, Graduate School of Design

Bachelor Architecture with Minor in Industrial Design + Fabrication
Carnegie Mellon University