Jeffrey Montes

Jeffrey Montes

New York, NY, US



Jeffrey Montes is a Space architect in ardent critical support of Space settlement. He has worked on numerous NASA proposals across the fields of architecture, spacecraft and exploration robotics and excels at finding opportunities for design excellence in highly technical systems governed by engineering constraints. As a
designer among engineers and scientists, Jeffrey helped his team win the 2015
Caltech Space Challenge with Labitat, a deep-space habitat for an asteroid sample return mission. After completing his studies at Columbia University GSAPP, he co-designed Mars Ice House, an architectural concept for a translucent Martian
surface habitat made of Martian water ice awarded First Prize in Phase I of the
NASA 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge and subsequently Mars Ice Home, an ongoing design collaboration with NASA Langley Research Center that combines the rigors of
first-principles design with a commitment to creating spaces that support human
living on a strange but strangely familiar planet. In November 2018, materials
specified for the ice-wall assembly of the Home will be tested for one year aboard the International Space Station (ISS) and exposed to the Space environment as part of the MISSE 11 mission.

Jeffrey holds a Master of Architecture from the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) at Columbia University and a Bachelor of Science from the School of Architecture at Northeastern University. He is based in New York, NY.


mondae, New York, NY, US, Partner

Jun 2017 - current


Columbia University, New York, NY, US, MArch, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation

Sep 2012 - May 2015

Northeastern University, Boston, MA, US, Bachelors, School of Architecture

Sep 2005 - May 2010


NASA/AmericaMakes 3D Printed Habitat Challenge, 1st Place

Mars Ice House selected as the winner of NASA/AmericaMakes-sponsored competition at the New York Makers Faire at the New York Hall Of Science on September 26th and 27th, 2015.


Caltech Space Challenge, 1st Place

In 5 days, teams were challenged to design a mission to land humans on an asteroid brought back to lunar orbit, extract the asteroid's resources and demonstrate their use. As the only architect selected to participate, my contributions were called out by my teammates, opponents and mentors as being significant factors in our winning proposal.


Architizer A+ Award, 1st Place

Mars Ice House selected by jury as winner of 2016 "Architecture + 3D Printing" category.


Core 77 Design Awards, 2nd Place

for speculative Martian surface habitat, Mars Ice House.

"With an incredible depth of research and engagement with specialists, this project makes sustained existence on Mars seem plausible."
"It was so well thought out and visualized, and it effectively evoked the complex emotions in a classic spirit of speculation."