Jonathan Negron’s interests lie in all things systematic. The more moving parts, the better. Observing, diagraming, and hybridizing machines with various other systems, such as hydroponic farming, have inspired many of his designs.
Jonathan’s work focuses on counterbalancing American landscapes of consumption with landscapes of production. Each project acknowledges Architecture as a driver of economic change and social interaction. His current design work focuses on rehabilitating an early 20th century ship-building warehouse into an open-source factory where collaborative prototyping and production can occur alongside cultural consumption to create a new type of hybrid social typology.
He also actively engages in community design projects, including redesigning and constructing a church’s youth facilities and building the first LEED-accredited Habitat for Humanity house in his hometown of Stuart, Florida.
Jonathan’s other interests include participating in leadership roles in Cornell University Sustainable Design (CUSD) where he led teams in the design of an early education schoolhouse for the township of Cosmo City in South Africa and a student center for Cornell’s Campus. The design for the student center is currently working its way through design development with the goal of funding and construction over the next few years. The proposal seeks to provide a new hub for on campus activity as well as a gateway to Cornell’s natural areas, the Plantations, without impacting its site or the environment.
Designing and constructing robotic systems that respont to human engagement via social media and other handheld technologies has become a passion for Jonathan in his pursuit of creating an open-source architecture that enables the user to dynamically manipulate the spaces the occupy to better serve their needs.
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, US, Summer College Teaching Associate
Will be advising and tutoring students through a 6-week introductory course in Architecture, including a studio and lecture portion. Responsibilities include teaching relevant architectural themes and concepts as well as demonstrating appropriate drawing and modeling styles.
N H D M | Nahyun Hwang + David Eugin Moon, Ithaca, NY, US, Research Associate
Researching logistics and legalities of reappropriating infrastructural Right of Ways and executing drawings based on the information collected. This work is to be displayed in the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam, Urban by Nature.
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, US, Teaching Associate for Structural Concepts & Systems Courses
Assisted First-Year Undergraduate and Graduate students in learning the concepts of structural members and forces. Provided guidance to Third-Year Undergraduate and Second-Year Graduate students on model-making techniques and understanding more complex structural systems.
The Open Workshop, Toronto, ON, CA, Research Associate/Intern Architect
Developed concepts, drawings, and renderings for four competition entries. Focused primarily on systems diagrams and axons.
Johnson Schmidt & Associates Architects, Corning, NY, US, Intern Architect
Completed diagrammatic and construction documents for several adaptive re-use projects in Upstate New York. Participated in site visits to survey existing buildings for the purpose of creating drawings for their remodelling.
Kelly & Kelly Architects, Stuart, FL, Intern
Produced construction drawings for a residence in Southern Florida. Visited the construction site and met with the clients and contractor throughout the process.
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, US, BArch, Architecture
Completed 10 semesters of Design Studio including a semester in Rome, traveling studios to Taipei, Taiwan and San Francisco, California, and a Thesis.
Europan 12-Kagran Site, Other
H. Roy Kelley Scholarship, Scholarship
Cornell Club of Eastern Florida's Esther Bondareff Scholarship, Scholarship
Annette Remer Merrill Scholarship, Scholarship