Jonathan Chesley

Jonathan Chesley

New York, NY, US



My name is Jonathan Chesley and I graduated with a Masters in Architecture from the University of Oregon in 2011. I recently moved to Brooklyn, NY to explore opportunities that increase my skill base and allow me to create both conceptually and with my hands.

I am a curious designer with a penchant for innovation who loves making! I am an excellent collaborator who works hard to create strong lines of communication when in teams and I embrace responsibility, craving opportunities that allow me to make decisions and explore design potentials. Most importantly, I am a fun, happy and passionate person. 

I believe that architecture must be a cohesive project between designers (of all kinds), builders and researchers and that through the open communication of these fields the discipline of architecture can play a positive role in the future possibilities for urban, rural and unpopulated ecologies.



Tri Lox Workshop, Brooklyn, NY, US, Architectural Designer, Fabricator, Illustrator

I will be a designer and technical drawer for Tri Lox Workshop by creating detail drawings, 3D renderings and presentation and publication materials. I will also be helping them conceptualize the ways in which their workshop can evolve.

Aug 2012 - current

Self-Employed, Clayton, NY, US, Project Manager, Designer, Builder

My collaborator and I worked together as designer, builder and project manager for this re-design/renovation of ecologically sensitive landscape and boat house.

We acted as client contacts, sourced materials and created detailed drawings for the project.

Sep 2011 - May 2012


University of Oregon, Eugene, OR, US, MArch, Architecture and Allied Arts

While in school I collaborated on a number of extra-curricular projects including 6 national design competitions, an art installation in the schools gallery and co-founded a student-run architectural publication, KTISMAjournal (

Jul 2008 - Jul 2011

University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, CA, Bachelors, School of Visual Arts (BFA)

I explored a variety of artistic mediums while in school including photography, painting, video art, drawing and sculpture. The goal was to explore a conceptual discourse through a variety of materials and scales.

Sep 2002 - May 2008

Columbia University, New York, NY, US, GSAPP (New York/Paris Program)

I participated in the New York/ Paris program which acted as my introduction to architecture. This year-long intensive course focuses on architecture through the lenses of these two metropolitan cities.

Each studio was accompanied by a series of lecture courses exploring the political, artistic and theoretical climate of New York and Paris' urban history up to the mid 20th century.

Sep 2006 - May 2007


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