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Jonathan is a designer and assistant professor at the University of Waterloo where he teaches courses in the Architecture and Architectural Engineering departments. His work and research are dedicated to the empowerment of novice design & building cultures through the development of intuitive design processes and easy to assemble building systems.
Jonathan runs Humanics Lab at the University of Waterloo, an R&D group dedicated to strategic design, research, prototyping, and partnerships that aim to build more democratic design processes and projects for people. Recent work by Humanics has developed tactile interfaces for non-expert design, and envisioned architectural strategies for vertical aging with Toronto-based health networks.
Prior to joining the University of Waterloo in 2018, Jonathan was project lead at Continuum Innovation in Boston where he worked on strategy and human centered design consulting projects for top global brands in the technology, IOT, and connected home industries. Before this, he was also a design consultant at Front Inc. in NYC, where he designed facades for Atelier Jean Nouvel, Buro OS and Bjarke Ingles group.
Jonathan is a graduate of the University of Waterloo's School of Architecture ('07), and Princeton University's M.Arch program ('10) where he was a recipient of the School’s 2010 design prize, and the Henry Adams AIA medal. In 2011, he won an Arciprix International award for his design work on computational design systems, and in 2014, a Holcim International Award for Sustainable Construction for his research into the carbon benefits of massive timber construction.
He runs an independent design office named EDO.