Jonathan Scelsa

Jonathan is an Architect, Urbanist, and Educator. He is a founding partner of 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 design 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 based procedures that investigate the historic tropes of deception, illusion and figuration in architecture and landscape form.

Jonathan’s design work has been supported by several institutions including 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, Bracket, MONU, Displacements, COLUMNS, CLOG, the ACSA Journal, 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 several high profile international offices including Foreign Office Architects, SHoP, Hashim Sarkis Studios, Smith-Miller + Hawkinson and Bohlin Cywinski Jackson.

As an educator, Jonathan has taught widely including Master’s design studios and seminars in Architecture at The University of Pennsylvania School of Design, Rhode Island School of Design, Northeastern University, Parsons School of Design, the Boston Architectural College, the Spitzer School of Architecture of the City College of New York and the Harvard GSD with Farshid Moussavi.

Jonathan is a Licensed Architect in the state of New York. He received his Master of Architecture in Urban Design with Distinction from Harvard University, where he was the recipient of several prizes and grants including the Urban Design Thesis Prize. He received his Bachelor of Architecture from Carnegie Mellon University with a concentration in Industrial Design and Fabrication.