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Jonathan is a freelance designer in Houston, TX with a Master of Architecture degree from Rice University. He received his undergraduate degree in architecture from the University of Cincinnati and worked in offices in both Chicago and Dallas between degrees. Jonathan is a dual-native from Auckland, NZ and raised in the Midwest.


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Thesis defense

M Arch, Rice University, 2020
BS Arch, University of Cincinnati, 2015



Tolila+Gilliland, Paris, France

Intern, May–July 2019.

A design-focused atelier with projects in both architecture and planning scope. Work included design and documentation for projects in Greater Paris and Southern France including housing, mixed-use, and logistical projects as well as translation for competition and press packages. Work completed in teams of two to three under the direction of two principals.

Perkins+Will, Dallas, TX

Architectural Designer, August 2016—July 2017. May–August 2018.

Documentation for a public lobby as a part of a medical campus expansion in North Texas. I worked closely with the project’s structural engineer, facade consultants and manufacturers to coordinate the design and engineering for the building superstructure that supported a 50’ glazed exterior wall. Additional work on a design development set for a new patient tower.

I also assisted in the exterior wall design and design development coordination of a seven story patient tower, client presentations that utilized VR models, and physical model production. I received a design award in October 2016 in recognition of my contributions to the project. My relationship with the firm continued in 2018 as an intern in the  firm’s Houston office assisting in construction documentation for an emergency department renovation in Houston’s Medical Center (May–August 2018). The lobby addition was formally recognized with an opening in November 2019. 

Adrian Smith+Gordon Gill, Chicago, IL

Architectural Designer, November 2015—June 2016. Intern, May–December 2014.

Contributed to a luxury high-rise project in Mumbai that included unique service and residential amenities. Assistance on a competition submission for a high-rise in Jinan. Schematic level documentation of a hotel for a masterplanned district in Dubai. Schematic and design development of the 2017 Astana World Expo.

My relationship with the office began after an internship in 2014 (May–August; December) which was spent working on the schematic and design development of the 2017 Astana World Exposition, a “world's fair” style exhibition in the capital, Kazakhstan, and one of the firm’s largest projects to date. The design was significant for its engineering of an 80 meter glass sphere centerpiece.

Fearon Hay, Auckland, NZ

Intern, September—December 2013.

Produced images for private dwellings, hospitality, and mixed-use projects in competition and pre-design phases. Created concept drawings and physical models; performed field verification and produced as-built drawings for future projects.

Gensler, Chicago, IL

Intern, January—April 2013.

Physical model production and design development documentation.


DC/S David Costanza Studio

Research Assistant, September 2017—April 2019. Houston, TX

Composites material research with 3d printed molds, fiber-winding, resin lay-up, and weaving within a five-person team led by Rice University Technology Fellow David Costanza.

Arch Out Loud

 Art Director, February 2017—March 2018


Co-author of Nuclear: Landmarker for A Waste Isolation Site, an international design competition from June—November 2017 that asked designers to propose a marker to deter inadvertent human intrusion to a deep geologic nuclear waste repository in the New Mexico desert. The team of competition authors presented the research alongside the first place winner at the 2018 WM Symposia conference in Phoenix.



Chambord 1519–2019, Utopia at Work. Chambord, France.



Guimard Metropolitain, digital archival font, featured in Max Roberts' Art Nouveau Paris Metro map.


Circuit exhibited in Rethinking Burnet Woods. Niehoff Urban Studio, Cincinnati, OH.

Video clips screened at Final Friday in Over the Rhine. Cincinnati, OH.



The Wall exhibited at 014 Storefront Studio. Cincinnati, OH.



Chambord Inachevé Jury Prize; Margaret Everson-Fossi Fellowship; AIA/ASCA COTE Top Ten Award; AIA Fort Worth Honor Award; SARA NY Design Award for Après le Déluge (completed with Will Letchinger)

Morris R. Pittman Traveling Fellowship


First Place: PINarchitecture: The Nearsighted Wall


Honorable Mention: Architectural Congress of Ohio Pavilion


ACE Mentor, November 2016—May 2017.
AIA Dallas Tour of Homes Docent, October 2016.
DAAP Ambassador, January 2014—May 2015.



Revit; Rhino; Grasshopper; AutoCAD; Bluebeam, Newforma, Dynamo; V-Ray; Maxwell Render; 3DS Max; Enscape, Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Premiere, After Effects.

Laser cutter, 3d printer, RhinoCAM, MIG welding, vacuum forming, lost-wax casting, resin infusion, book-binding.

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