Jonathan C. Kurtz, 31

January 01, 2009 |


Jonathan C. Kurtz, 31


Associate, project designer

Westlake Reed Leskosky, Cleveland


BS, BArch, Kent State University

MArch, Harvard University


Championing evolution of century-old firm's design studio culture; introducing new technology, broadening collaboration process, and encouraging colleagues to teach.

Lead moderator—and motivator—for design staff; handles daily meetings, oversees design critiques, mentor to firm's younger designers.

Increased firm's participation in design competitions, resulting in firm's placement on multiple invited competition lists.

Won numerous AIA Design Awards, including two recent Honor Awards for unbuilt project Cleveland State University Fine and Visual Arts facility.


Adjunct faculty member, Kent State University (2006- ).

Guest professor, Harvard University; Boston Architectural College.

Visiting critic, Kent State University; Harvard University; Boston Architectural College; Ohio State University.


Plays in both Ultimate Frisbee and co-ed touch football leagues.


One of eight children; grew up in a one-room cabin in the Canadian woods, 90 miles north of Fort St. John, B.C.

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