Jonathan is an Architect, Urbanist, and an educator. Prior to the founding of OP – Architecture Landscape, Jonathan had worked as a designer and project manager in several high profile international offices including Foreign Office Architects, Hashim Sarkis Studios, Smith-Miller + Hawkinson and Bohlin Cywinski Jackson. Jonathan’s writing has been published in journals including, Bracket, MONU, Displacements, COLUMNS, CLOG, and PLOT and has co-edited several volumes including, The Function of Style, published by Actar and Harvard.
As an educator, Jonathan is a Assistant Professor of Architectural Design + Technology at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and Lecturer in Architecture at The University of Pennsylvania School of Design and Design Critic in Architecture at the . Additionally, Jonathan has held teaching appointments at Harvard University, University of Pennsylvania, Northeastern University, Rhode Island School of Design, Spitzer School of Architecture and Parsons the New School.
Jonathan is a Licensed Architect in the state of New York. He received his Master of Architecture in Urban Design with Distinction from Harvard University, where he was the recipient of several prizes and grants including the Urban Design Thesis Prize. He received his Bachelor of Architecture from Carnegie Mellon University with a concentration in Industrial Design and Fabrication.
Jennifer Birkeland is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Stuckeman School of Arts and Architecture at Pennsylvania State University. She is a licensed landscape architect in the state of New York and a LEED accredited professional. Jennifer received her Master of Landscape Architecture at Harvard University and has a Bachelors of Science in Landscape Architecture from California Polytechnic State University Pomona.
Jennifer has worked with internationally renowned offices such as West 8, OLIN, and Ken Smith Landscape Architect. She has worked on a wide range of projects including several national design competitions for the National Parks Service, including the winning design entry for the Washington Monument Grounds at Sylvan Theater in Washington DC, as well as the Presidio Parklands Competition in San Francisco.
Jennifer has served as a guest critic at The University of Pennsylvania, Parsons New School of Design and has published projects and writings in both national and international journals.