OP.AL will be displaying a model from a recent competition entry in Rhode Island School of Design's faculty biennial exhibition at the RISD Art Museum in Providence Rhode Island. The exhibition will be open to the public on Friday, February 20, 2015 through March, 22, 2015.
Jonathan publishes the cover article Enfiladed Grids, The Museum as City in the Autumn Edition of MONU The Magazine on Urbanism, Vol 21. Interior Urbanism. In the atricle Jonathan identifies a trend in Contemporary Museums of Art to organize the plan in an urban configuration. MORE
Jonathan and Neil Denari's Final review of the advanced design studio at Penn Design, X Point City, was on December 17th 2014 and featured guest jurors, Laura Baird, Brennan Buck, David Freeland, Jonathan Louie, Kyle Miller + Duks Koschitz. MORE
OP.AL along with Johanna F. Barthmaier and Brian Payne submitted a proposal to the Annual Call for the Redford International Garden Festival. The proposal focused on integrated fields of grain with human scaled periscopes allowing visitors to play within the fields of grain.
Jonathan's Summer digital design + fabrication class, builds a bench and shade structure for the Spitzer School of Architecture. The form of the pavilion consists of several nested hyperbolic surfaces of revolution, that peel away from each other to form bench, table, and canopy. The Project is currently on display on the 3rd floor of the Spitzer School of Architecture, City College CUNY. MORE
Founded in 2013, by Jonathan A. Scelsa + Jennifer Birkeland, OP.AL is a trans-disciplinary practice seeking creative design solutions at the intersections of Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Urban Design.
The name OP.AL emerged as a portmanteau for several tropes that we find occurring in our practice. The first being a deliberate reference to Optical Art, whereby geometry and spatial conditions can produce a set of phenomenological illusions. The second being a reference to Operations of Architecture and Landscape, wherein our practice employs formal operations that manipulate both the ground and the building in tandem for integrated design solutions.
As an office we engage in design at scales from the regional to the design of intimate architectural objects; it is our belief that design solutions come in all sizes and we remain flexible to solutions to given problems at multitude of scales of insertion.
We offer full Architectural + Landscape Architectural Design services in the New York area including Interior Design, Feasibility Studies, Zoning Analysis, and Visualization solutions. We look forward to working with you on your next project.