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Craft, Computations, and Constructions

Designs by Jonathan Dessi-Olive.

Jonathan Dessi-Olive
Assistant Professor  |  Kansas State University School of Architecture

Jonathan Dessi-Olive is a researcher, designer, and educator. Presently he is an Assistant Professor in Department of Architecture at Kansas State University, where he teaches architecture design studios, structures, and construction seminars. He is also the director of the MYCO MATTERS LAB.

Prior to joining KState, he was the inaugural Ventulett NEXT Fellow at the Georgia Institute of Technology School of Architecture from 2017 -2019.

Jonathan‘s research takes a critical approach to technology while integrating history and theory of architecture, contemporary construction, and computational design. Recent contributions include large-scale biofabrication with mycelium composite materials, large-scale monolithic mycelium structures, computational design methodologies for architectural acoustics, large-scale inflatable tensegrity structures, constructing monolithic structures with emerging bio-materials such as mycelium, and methodologies for thin-shell vault structures in the United States, Europe, and East Africa.

Jonathan’s research has been published through the International Association of Shell and Spatial Structures (IASS), the Acoustical Society of America (ASA), the Symposium for Simulation in Architecture and Urban Design (SimAUD), and the Conference for Nonconventional Materials and Technologies (NOCMAT). His design and construction work has been exhibited in public venues such as the Venice Architecture Biennale and TEDxPenn.

Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Jonathan also enjoys biking and flying two-line kites. He plays electric bass guitar and sings in a Minneapolis-based cover band called Sabby White.

2017    SMArchS  in Computation
             Massachusetts Institute of Technology

2014    Master of Architecture
             University of Pennsylvania School of Design

2010    Bachelor of Science in Architecture
             University of Minnesota College of Design


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