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Despite a diverse educational base and professional resume as an Architect and Urban Planner, Jason considers himself first and foremost a designer. He is constantly exploring new methodologies, technical and abstract, that will lead him towards creating stronger designs and solutions at multiple scales. Coupled with the graphic skill sets he has acquired through the use of various software and media applications, Jason manages to remain extremely flexible and productive on diverse project teams.
As Jason continues to grow, both personally and professionally, his aim is to remain centered among mentors and colleagues who will continue to challenge and foster his creative ambitions while simultaneously exposing him to a wide range of projects, design practices, and experiences that he can apply towards a rewarding career.
Gensler, Chicago, IL, US, Architect / Job Captain
Jason joined Gensler early last year as a Job Captain in the Life Style 1 Studio which has a focus on large mixed use, residential, and retail office projects. Since that time he has oscillated within technical, design, and project management team roles on various large scale projects in the greater Chicago land area. He is currently juggling multiple projects within different project teams throughout the Life Style 1 Studio.
Current projects include 'Lake + Forest' (500,000+ SF Mixed Use Residential Tower in Oak Park, IL.), and '3600 N. Halsted' (86,000+ SF Senior Housing Development for the LGBT Community in Lincoln Park, Chicago, IL.).
HOK (formerly Hellmuth, Obata + Kassabaum), Senior Architectural Technician / Urban Designer
While at HOK, Jason gained both design and technical expertise as a team member in various studios throughout the Chicago office. His role and responsibilities within project teams quickly expanded from production base staff to team coordinator positions within the Healthcare, Hospitality, and Science & Technology studios.
Jason also gained extensive Urban Design experience under the HOK Planning Group which carried a primary focus on designing sustainable driven Master Plans centered on cultural connectivity, public transit, mix-use development, commercial retail, and single family villas.
His portfolio includes both domestic and foreign projects, ranging from small acre parcels with urban in-fill developments to large green field sites with extensive programs covering 2,500+ acres. Architectural projects include hospitality focused hotels and developments, science research labs, commercial office & retail, and large university campus medical facilities throughout the country.
Aside from his daily project workload, Jason was also actively engaged in several office/firm wide initiatives within HOK. Since first joining the Chicago office in 2007, he actively served as a member of the Diversity Task Force, a firm wide group focused on the recruitment, retention, and advancement of minority architects within the field.
Jason also served as Chicago’s lead director for the HOK IMPACT Group, a grassroots organization within HOK with a focus on ensuring HOK’s commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). Between the two organizations Jason orchestrated various mentorship programs, pro-bono projects, community service events, and design workshops for high school students throughout Chicago.
Ace Student Mentorship Program (2007-present) – Architectural Design Team Leader
klipp, Architectural Technician / Urban Designer
Primarily worked under the Commercial and Civic Architecture studio on various Mix-Use, Office, Retail, Commercial, and Transit Oriented developments. Direct communication with clients, consultants, and contractors to complete sets of Construction Documents, physical study & presentation models, Conceptual Design schemes and programs.
Student Mentor & teacher Volunteer for CAL (Cleworth Architectural Legacy) Project, a program which mentors 4th grade elementary students in basic architectural history & theory practices.
Urban Technical Assistance Program (UTAP), Architectural Designer / Urban Designer
Co-Designer & Visual Consultant for the new redesign of the Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building Plaza, located off 125th street and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd, Harlem, New York.
Appointed Designer & Visual Consultant for several alternative Condo High-Rise schemes for the Community Board #7 and the Tenants Association of Park West Village, New York, NY.
Student Mentor & Teacher Assistant for the Abyssinian Development Corporation, Harlem, NY where I taught high school students conceptual design methodologies and basic visual components of various software programs in order to create a Community Educational Corridor in Central Harlem.
Extensive experience with practicing Conceptual Design methodologies, Site Analysis, GIS Field Surveys, Programming, 3D Modeling, Photomontage Rendering, and Client Presentations.
Columbia University, Masters, M.S. Architecture & Urban Design
Foreign Travel & Studies abroad, Seoul, Korea & Tokyo, Japan
Spring Design Studio Group Project, Re-Mediating the WALL, Seoul, Korea
Howard University, BArch, B.A. Architecture & Design
Howard University, GM Scholarship 2002-2005, Corning Scholarship 2001-2002.
Foreign Travel & Studies abroad summer 2004, traveled with both professors and classmates throughout Europe studying Architectural History and Design.
“Border Out of Order” Student Workshop Summer 2004, University of Lille, France.
Activities and Societies: NOMAS (National Organization of Minority Architecture Students). President of Student chapter 2003-2004; Public Relations Director 2004-2005.
AIAS (American Institute of Architecture Students).