Jonathan A. Scelsa is an Architect, urbanist, and an educator. His primary research concerns architectural typology as it pertains to the configuration of the public space of the city. More specifically, he is interested in the formal shifts architects employ within typological genealogy to create new possibilities for public space within the city and to respond to new large scale regional systems.
Currently, Jonathan is a Visting Critic at the Rhode Island School of Design, Lecturer in Architecture at The University of Pennsylvania and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Architecture at The Spitzer School of City College of New York. Jonathan has previously held visiting positions at Harvard University, Parsons The New School for Design, Northeastern University, The Boston Architectural College, and Carnegie Mellon University. Additionally, Jonathan has been an invited guest on design juries at Pratt Institute, New York City College of Technology, and the Wentworth Institute of Technology.
Professionally, Jonathan is a co founder of Office Public – Architecture Landscape a New York based design office focused on an integrated interdisciplinary approach to design of the public environment. Jonathan has worked for the offices of Farshid Moussavi Architects / Foreign Office Architects, SHoP Architetcs, Smith-Miller + Hawkinson Architects, Preston Scott Cohen Inc, Hashim Sarkis Studios and Bohlin Cywinski Jackson. Jonathan’s personal and professional work has been widely published and he has engaged in a range from Urban Design and Planning to Architectural Fabrication, Construction Documentation and Administration.
Jonathan received a Master of Architecture in Urban Design with Distinction from Harvard University. He received his Bachelor of Architecture from Carnegie Mellon University with a concentration in Industrial Design and Fabrication.