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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 and the psychology of visual constructs through which we perceive the world. His teaching explores new methods of computation and algorithmic procedures investigating the tropes of deception, illusion and figuration in architecture and landscape form.

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) and the Architectural League of New York; his research has been published and exhibited widely in journals including, PIDGIN, Bracket, MONU, Displacements, COLUMNS, CLOG, the ACSA, and PLOT and has co-edited several volumes including, The Function of Style, published by Actar and Harvard GSD.

Prior to founding op.AL, Jonathan worked as a designer and project manager in the offices of Foreign Office Architects, SHoP, Hashim Sarkis Studios, Smith-Miller + Hawkinson and Bohlin Cywinski Jackson.

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