Jonathan J. Marvel, FAIA

Jonathan Marvel is the Principal and Founder of Marvel Architects. He started his professional career in the office of Richard Meier, working on the Getty Museum, the High Museum and the Museu d’Art Contemporani in Barcelona. He began his private practice at the helm of Rogers Marvel Architects by winning a competition for El Museo del Barrio on Museum Mile in New York City. In 2013 he founded Marvel Architects with more than 25 years of experience leading the design and planning of public spaces and streetscapes, educational institutions, single and multi-family housing, libraries, museums and large-scale mixed-use developments. Jonathan imbues architecture with depth and meaning, forging constraints of sustainability, site, and security into bold forms and dynamic spaces. Using light, movement and materiality, he composes architectural spaces with sensitivity to the spheres of public and private, old and new, day and night. From a rigorous analysis of the history, context, and program of each project, he creates an expressive language of architectural artifacts that engage the user, defining our place and time. Jonathan’s passion for integrating the built and natural environments is evident in the design of Pierhouse and 1 Hotel at the foot of New York’s Brooklyn Bridge. He has taught and lectured widely, and sits on the board of the Isamu Noguchi Museum, the Buckminster Fuller Institute and the Van Alen Institute. Jonathan has edited several books on architecture and lives in a renovated historic townhouse in Brooklyn.