Jonathan has been based in Los Angeles since 2008 and started his professional architecture career in 1998. He has been designing residential and commercial projects internationally since 1999 with a specialty focusing on bio-tech laboratories and acoustic spaces (i.e. recording studios, editing bays, isolation booths, theaters, etc...). Throughout the years Jonathan has searched for projects diverse in scales and vernaculars. Through these different projects Jonathan merges his own life experiences through his independent gaining of knowledge, international traveling, learning about different cultures, documenting and creating unique aesthetics and discovering new construction methods to evolve his own designs. His design sensibility combines highly detailed tectonics with clean detailed lines while never losing sight of the context, warmth and comfort to the end user. Prometheus Design Workshop is called a workshop to deconstruct standard firm hierarchies, and relay to anyone who enters that they will be treated with equality and respect with the understanding that every perspective is valid and worth exploring to yield the best design.
Architecture can never be ephemeral or hyper-real, and designers must work to retain permanence as a quality for sustainability and conduct lasting phenomenological experiences. To solve problems one must explore a hybrid approach based on research, culture, ethics, context and precedents, and add these with new technologies and tectonics to merge unique perspectives into positive solutions. A designer should never lose sight of the people who inhabit the spaces one creates, and the responsibility that carries. Pushing these concepts further everyday, in a holistically way, can evolve architecture into progressive directions to inspire others and investigate a new atlas for how people and the built world can interact in meaningful directions.
EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE
Universities / Degrees:
University of Wisconsin / Ecole Spéciale d’Architecture
Masters of Architecture
Bachelors of Science / Architecture
Minors of History / Film
Cities of Work Experience:
Los Angeles, CA.
Charity & Interests
When Jonathan is not working as an architect he has many charities and interests that he enjoys to do. He has always loved comic books from a young age, the art and the stories became a major creative outlet, and in 2005 started a labor of love that has grown over the years to 325 pages, and added another graphic novel based on his own life, both to be coming out soon. After a car accident in 2004 Jonathan started doing more charity work to give back to community, and fight for equality in this world to make it a better place. Despite a disability he still helps run clinics with Angel City Sports to show others with disabilities they can indeed still do sports. After living in Vietnam he fell in love with the people, food, landscapes, and especially their coffee. Jonathan now imports Vietnamese coffee and will be selling it soon with many of the proceeds going to help the youth of Vietnam.