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 an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Architecture at The Spitzer School of City College of New York, where he is teaching Parametric Fabrication Studio in the Master of Architecture program, Jonathan has previously held academic positions at Harvard University, Parson’s Thew New School for Design, Northeastern University, The Boston Architectural College, and Carnegie Mellon University. Jonathan has been an invited guest on design juries at RISD, Pratt Institute, Parson’s the New school of Design, New York City College of Technology, and the Wentworth Institute of Technology.
Professionally, 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 professional work has engaged in a range from Urban Design and Planning to Architectural Fabrication, Construction Documentation and Administration. Currently, Jonathan is sitting for his ARE exams for License in New York expected in 2014.
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.