My practice uses tension to discover outcomes; it embraces interdisciplinary process, experimentation, and understanding.
Designing for people requires designing for their culture. I excel in any context by utilizing multiple methodologies to understand identity.
Above all else, I value people; I employ patience and sensitivity with every client to define equitable design practices.
Jonathan is a strategic planner on BuzzFeed's interdisciplinary marketing team where he manages initiatives that drive new business and grow BuzzFeed's entertainment and news properties.
Previously he was a research strategist and designer at TBWA\Media Arts Lab\For Good where he informed clients on who their audiences are (how they behave, and what they care about) in order to launch purpose-based campaigns for brands and social causes.
He received a MFA in Media Design Practices from Art Center College of Design where he conducted independent research on disabilities, communication, and technology with UNICEF's Innovation Lab in Uganda. When not in the field, he served as a visual arts curator for Tuesday Night Café, a community driven free public art and performance series in Downtown LA and the oldest still-running Asian American open mic space in the country.
His body of work includes ethnographic research in South America and Eastern Europe as well as projects relating to the built environments. His therapeutic garden projects have been nationally recognized by the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Environmental Design and Research Association, and the Design Corps for excellence in community service and public interest design. His projects have appeared in Landscape Architecture Magazine and his undergraduate thesis, “Contested Landscapes in Postwar Bosnia & Herzegovina” received a state merit award for writing. He holds a BA in Comparative History of Ideas and a BLA in Landscape Architecture from the University of Washington, Seattle.
likes gardening, crafting, and running
is a former child actor
most used Instagram filter is Gingham
favorite flower is the fly pollinated Dracunculus vulgaris