Jonathan Scelsa

Jonathan Scelsa is a licensed architect and partner in the cross-disciplinary practice op.AL. Scelsa's design research explores the computational methods associated with the geometric legacy of optical mechanics in architecture. Scelsa's design work has been supported by the New York State Council of the Arts, the Architectural League of New York, and the American Academy in Rome as the recipient of the Mark Hampton Rome Prize in Design. His research has been published in multiple journals and he was the coeditor of The Function of Style (Actar D, 2015).

Before founding op.AL, Scelsa practiced with Foreign Office Architects, Hashim Sarkis Studios, Smith-Miller and Hawkinson, and Bohlin Cywinski Jackson. As an educator, Scelsa has taught widely, including at University of Pennsylvania, RISD, Pratt Institute, and Harvard GSD. He received his master of architecture in urban design with distinction from Harvard University, and his bachelor of architecture from Carnegie Mellon University.

Academic Research/Specialty Areas

  • Architectural optics and illusion
  • Digital figuration and stereotomy
  • Interior urbanism, architecture as city

Classes (Selected)

  • ARCH 3308/6308 Special Topics in Theory: Internal Worlds/Theories and Practices for Interior UrbanismThis course addresses pertinent issues relative to the subject of Theory of Architecture. The instructor(s) of the course are drawn from the permanent and visiting faculty who may either broadly or narrowly define the course's scope and content. For precise content please see the Architecture Department webpage .