Jason Van Nest is a licensed architect working in New York City, a building information modeling consultant working with many NYC-based firms, and a tenure-track Professor at NYIT School of Architecture and Design.

As an architect, Van Nest has contributed to several award-winning projects, including the NYC Pier A renovation (2008)with H3, winning the Lucy G. Moses Preservation Award, the Hillside House with David Weiner Architects, winning a AIANY Oculus Award, and others.

As a building information modeling (BIM) consultant, he has helped several world-renowned architecture firms use advanced technology to improve their project delivery workflows, including SHoP Architects, Diller, Scoffidio + Renfro, Cooper Robertson Partners, HWKN, Deborah Berke Partners, CookFox, GLUCK+, and others.

As a professor, Van Nest has taught twelve different courses at New York Tech, as well as graduate-level computational design courses at Yale School of Architecture and graduate-level representation courses at New York School of Interior Design (NYSID).

Van Nest is a 2008 MacDowell Colony Fellow and a 2015 Byrdcliffe Arts Colony Fellow. He currently serves on the Board of Directors at the MacDowell Colony since being elected Fellows Executive Committee President in 2012.

He earned his Masters of Architecture at Yale School of Architecture in 2005, and a Bachelors of Science in Architecture at the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1999.

Recent Projects/Research

  • New York Tech IRSC Grant “Optimizing the Parametric Skyscraper”
  • New York Tech IRSC Grant “Water Bottle Roof Project”
  • “Design of a 21st C. Artist Colony” 2015 Research Fellowship, Byrdcliffe Artist Colony, Woodstock, NY.
  • “New Software for Exploring Architectural Patterns” 2008 Research Fellowship, MacDowell Artist Colony, Peterburough, NH.
  • “Temporal Urbanisms” (with Professor Ed Mitchell, Yale School of Architecture), 2005 BSA Research Grant in Architecture.


  • Simulating Paradoxes, (with Matthew Ford) appears in Between the Autonomous & Contingent Object (ACSA, 2015)
  • New Design-Build Directions: Training the Architect as a Product Designer, (with Farzana Gandhi) appears in Working Out: Thinking While Building: Project
  • Proceedings (ACSA, 2014)
  • “Reinventing the Globe: A Shakespearean Theater for the 21st Century" H3’s installation at National Building Museum, Washington, DC; 2007
  • Retrospecta 2003-2004, Yale School of Architecture. Chief Editor.

Honors and Awards

  • 2012 Presidential Technology Award (for Use of Technology in Research and/or Creative Expression)
  • People’s Choice Award, 2013 & 2014 NY State Business Plan Competition.
  • “The Lumen Prize” honorable mention—for digital photography, collages, and JAVA-based program. Worldwide traveling exhibit.
  • Herman D.J. Spiegel Award, 2005 Yale University.

Courses Taught at New York Tech

  • ARCH 221: Building Construction I
  • ARCH 222: Building Construction II
  • ARCH 291: Parametric Performance
  • ARCH 291: Building Information Modeling Analysis
  • ARCH 291: Survey of Parametric Design Tools for Architecture
  • ARCH 272: Environmental Site Planning
  • ARCH 327: Computer Aided Construction Drawings
  • ARCH 423: Project Integration Studio
  • ARCH 481: Professional Practice
  • ARCH 476: Modern Construction Technologies
  • ARCH 501: Architectural Design Studio VII (Thesis Studio)
  • ARCH 502: Architectural Design Studio VIII (Thesis Studio)

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