SMArchS in Design and Computation. MIT, 2017. MArch. University of Pennsylvania, 2014. BS Arch. University of Minnesota, 2010.
Jonathan Dessi-Olive is the current Ventulett NEXT visiting Fellow at the Georgia Tech School of Architecture. His work takes a critical approach to technology while integrating history and theory of architecture, contemporary compression-only construction, and computational design. As a designer, builder and scholar, his motivation is to help designers and builders to learn to design more intuitively, systematically, and visually. He firmly believes making is inseparable from design, and provides a context for learning that brings to light the relationship between current design tools and methods, and our necessity to make breakthroughs in techniques of assembly and construction.
His recent contributions have been to develop new methodologies for designing and building high-performance, sustainable concrete structures in the United States, Europe and Africa. As the inaugural winner of the RAMSA Traveling Fellowship, and in collaboration with Minneapolis-based NGO Organic Health Response, Jonathan initiated and led a project to construct a hybrid wind and solar-powered radio studio on a remote island in Kenya. The building was constructed using historical construction techniques, adapted through local building traditions. This project was presented at the TEDxPenn 2015 conference and has since served as the basis of his research.
2017 - Winner of the Ventulett NEXT Visiting Fellowship, Georgia Tech School of Architecture.
2017 - Computing with Matter, Shapes, and Forces: Toward Structural Primacy in Architecture. SMArchS Thesis. MIT.
2016 - Venice Architecture Biennale. Contributor to the "Beyond Bending" exhibition by Ochsendorf, DeJong and Block Engineering / Block Research Group (ETH-Zurich)
2015 - TEDxPenn 2015. Speaker: "Building community through architectural exchange". https://youtu.be/03UmxeDToSo
2014 - Computation to Construction (and back again). MArch Thesis. PennDesign.
2013 - Winner of the Robert A.M. Stern Architects Traveling Fellowship.< 2010 - Winner of the ARCC King Student Research Medal.
design and computation; design theory; shape grammars; structural design; high-performance structures; history of construction; masonry vault construction.