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Jake Lehman

Jake Lehman

Jersey City, NJ, US

 

About 

Architecture excites me, not only as it currently exists but from a forward-thinking perspective. The architectural possibilities in this ever-evolving world inspire me---for vibrant, elastic, transitive architecture---for architecture that is not merely adaptable but conductive to change. To me, architecture must be synonymous with change if it is to remain relevant and sustainable in an inconstant world.

I received my Bachelor of Architecture from Temple University, Tyler School of Art. At graduation I was nominated for the Da Vinci Award and was the recipient of the AIA Henry Adams Certificate of Merit and the AGI Excellence in Design Award for my thesis “New Philadelphia”.

Following graduation, I found employment with DxDempsey Architecture, a growing firm in Scranton, Pennsylvania, which focuses on the design of compelling, brand-conscious, results-oriented design solutions for discerning clients and communities. In my first year with the firm, I was acknowledged as an AIA “Emerging Professional” due to my professional and volunteer activities. In 2015, my colleagues and I were awarded the AIA Certificate of Merit for our regional planning work, Iron District.

Outside of work, I was the youngest active member of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the AIA, serving in an elected position on the Government Affairs Committee of this same board. In this position, I represented AIA interests involving state agencies and developed plans and implemented strategies for greater advocacy and communication within the architectural community and beyond. Additionally, I am a partner with the Pop Up Studio, an artists’ collaboration in Scranton which seeks to create imaginative spaces where people engage and interact in unique, participatory, sensory experiences.

Presently, I am pursuing my Master of Architecture II from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, with anticipated graduation this September. This intensive, innovative program embodies The Cooper Union’s philosophy of approaching architectural discourse critically-- pushing the very boundaries of architecture itself.

Elsewhere:

Employment 

The American Institute of Architects, Scranton, PA, US, Government Affairs Committee

As the youngest active member of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the AIA, I served in the elected position on the Government Affairs Committee of this same board. In this position, I represented AIA interests involving state agencies and developed plans and implemented strategies for greater advocacy and communication within the architectural community and beyond.

Aug 2015 - Aug 2016
 

DxDempsey Architecture, Scranton, PA, US, Architect

A growing firm in Scranton, Pennsylvania, which focuses on the design of compelling, brand-conscious, results-oriented design solutions for discerning clients and communities. My work at the firm has taught me many invaluable professional skills, such as management of design projects from pre-design phase through construction documentation; collaborative interaction with an interdisciplinary staff to achieve optimal design solutions; and the know-how to develop innovative, strategic solutions for complex architectural problems. In my first year with the firm, I was acknowledged as an AIA “Emerging Professional” due to my professional and volunteer activities. In 2015, my co-workers and I were awarded the AIA Certificate of Merit for our regional planning work, Iron District.

Aug 2013 - Aug 2016
 

The Pop Up Studio, Scranton, PA, US, Partner

The Pop Up Studio is an artists’ collaboration in Scranton that seeks to create imaginative spaces where people engage and interact in unique, participatory, sensory experiences. The Studio presents multiple public events annually, attended by hundreds of people within the community and surrounding area. Through Studio collaborations, I have developed stronger interpersonal skills and have honed my planning, organizational and production skills.

Aug 2013 - Aug 2016
 

Education 

The Cooper Union, New York, NY, US, MArch, Architecture

The mission of The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture is to provide for its students the finest professional education available within an intellectual environment that fosters and expands their creative capacities and sensibilities and establishes the foundation for a creative professional life. The school is committed to the belief that one of society’s prime responsibilities is toward learning and education in the deepest sense: that the exercise of individual creativity within a willing community is a profoundly social act. Fundamental to the mission of the school is the maintenance of an atmosphere in which freedom of thought and exploration can flourish, where students can explore and utilize their strengths and individual talents, interests and modes of working, to their highest potential.

Aug 2016 - current
 

Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, US, BArch, Architecture

The mission of the Department of Architecture is to educate design professionals relevant to the metropolis of tomorrow by constructing an environment where general, architectural and urban issues are investigated in depth. While acquiring the fundamental skills and knowledge base of the discipline, students are taught to think critically about architecture, as a situated environmental and social practice, and to engage in debates about the opportunities and dilemmas presented to it by transformations in society, culture, technology, climate & materials.

The five-year Bachelor of Architecture program of study at Temple University, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was highly comprehensive, with a strong concentration in studio work. Each successive term brought greater challenges and rewards than the previous term. At graduation, I was ranked second in the architecture program. Moreover, I was nominated for the Da Vinci Award and was the recipient of the AIA Henry Adams Certificate of Merit and the AGI Excellence in Design Award.

Aug 2009 - May 2013
 

Temple University Rome, Rome, IT, BArch, Architecture

Temple Study Abroad seeks to develop and strengthen the international education programs that help Temple students attain a global perspective. Study Abroad recognizes that today, more than ever, the world demands that students understand other countries and how they are linked together. Study Abroad is committed to the notion that through international education, Temple students enrich their general education, acquire knowledge and experience for their later professional success, and develop life skills needed to become competent and engaged global citizens.

Aug 2011 - Dec 2011
 

Awards 

AIA Emerging Professional, Award

The American Institute of Architects, Center for Emerging Professionals sponsors an annual exhibition of architectural work, art, and designs of emerging architectural professionals across North America. This annual exhibition promotes the compelling work of the rising generation of architects and designers and inspires professionals to continue to mentor and engage the many talented and motivated emerging professionals across the country.

The exhibition was on display at the AIA National headquarters in Washington, DC.

2014
 

AIA Henry Adams Certificate of Merit, 2nd Place

This award acknowledges the second ranked student graduating in the Bachelor of Architecture Program with the second highest grade point average.

2013
 

Architectural Glass Institute Excellence in Design Award, Award

This award donated by the Architectural Glass Institute acknowledges the student graduating in Bachelor or Master of Architecture Program whose thesis design and presentation best exemplifies the objectives of the thesis program at Temple University through its outstanding quality. This award is selected by department faculty and a representative of AGI.

2013
 

Da Vinci Award, Nomination

In the spirit of the 15th century artist and visionary Leonardo Da Vinci, the Da Vinci Awards honor the most innovative developments and research in adaptive and assistive technology that embrace the Universal Design Principle - an approach to the design of products, services and environments to be usable by as many people as possible regardless of age, ability or circumstance.

2013
 

Areas of Specialization 

Skills