Jonathan Chesley

Jonathan Chesley

New York, NY, US



My name is Jonathan Chesley. I live in Brooklyn, NY and  I graduated with a Masters in Architecture from the University of Oregon in 2011. 

I believe that architecture must be a cohesive project between designers, builders and researchers in order to play a positive role in the futures of urban, rural and wild ecologies.

I am both a practicing designer and architectural photographer.  If you would like to see more samples of my photographic work please contact me through the address below.


Selldorf Architects, New York City, NY, Architectural Designer

Dec 2013 - 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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