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.
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.
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 (Ktismajournal.com).
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.
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.