op / Arch Land in conjunction with students from the Spitzer School of Architecture at the City College of New York, designed and fabricated a shade structure for Parks and Recreation Department to be used in Fresh Kills park beginning in 2015. MORE
OP / Arch Land won the international competition Field Constructs with their proposed pavilion, "Duck Blind in Plain Site." The proposed pavilion will be built in November for the Autumn Festival at Circle Acres Nature Preserve with a concurrent workshops at the Thinkery and exhibition at the University of Texas, Austin. MORE
OP.AL combines existing geometry research and site specific condition for peace memorial proposal in Washington DC. Utilizing a double periodic Mobius Topology the sculpture symbolizes the circular nature of relationship building in world cultures. The ring’s surface is twisted such that its back side is connected to the front, making it an endless surface with a double-sided expression.
Jonathan to present and publish at the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture Fall Conference at Syracuse University on "Quasi-Objects" between the Autonomous and Contingent condition. The presentation will feature the Anamorphic Hut among other projects. MORE
Jennifer to present on panel of young women in practice panel with Jessica Henson and Jennelle Johnson of the Olin Studio at the American Society of Landscape Architects Annual meeting in Chicago. The Annual meeting will be held November 6-9 hosted by the Ilinois chapter of the ASLA. MORE
Jonathan and Jennifer pen an original article in PLOT Vol 4: Wastescapes, on the 20th Century Hidden Hygiene Footprint of New York. The article includes an original timeline of New York's waste infrastructure development.
Duck Blind, OP.AL's submission to the Field Constructs Design Competition at Circle Acres Nature Preserve in Austin, Texas, is a short-listed finalist for construction in the November Arts Fair. The project provokes a tension in between landscape integration and de-familiarization utilizing processes of camouflage and high chromatic visibility. MORE
A model for the competition proposal of The Anamorphic Hut was exhibited in the RISD museum of art as a part of the RISD faculty show. The Proposal focused on the fusing of Object and Ground to create an architecture existing in tension between Situation and Autonomy. MORE
The Function of Style, a compendium on 21st century architecture is now available for Pre-Order in the United States. The volume utilizes analysis of contemporary projects against modernist precedents to argue that Style is an integral way that an Architect engages with the principles of the building and not merely a superficial aesthetic layer. Jonathan was an assistant editor on the project from the years 2010-2014.
The Hy-Bol pavilion designed and fabricated by Jonathan's Summer digital design + fabrication class at the Spitzer School of Architecture, is on display for summer programming at Fresh Kills Park, such as Kite Day shown above. 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. MORE
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.
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.
Quasi Object Float Pavilion was reviewed as a part of the Shenzhen Biennale's Street Exhibition, curated by Terrence Riley, in Architectural Review Winter 2012, by Critic Raymund Ryan. MORE
Jonathan's teaches a Landscape computation seminar in Inscribing Geo-patterning Order at Harvard GSD's winter session. The topics of explored geometric patterning in establishing hydrological and ecological based systems within geo-morphology. 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 the Operation of both Architecture and Landscape, wherein our practice employs formal maneuvers 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.