As a Populous senior principal, Jonathan is a member of the company’s Board of Directors and leader of its New York office. Serving as lead for projects across multiple continents, Jonathan has met challenges inherent in a wide range of project types, including sports/entertainment, commercial, residential, academic and mixed-use complexes. He has collaborated with innovators in the field of software, technology and manufacturing. Jonathan conceptualizes and integrates highly innovative design solutions with technologically advanced construction solutions.
What is your favorite landmark in New York State?
My favorite place in New York is Central Park. It is not often thought of as a ‘landmark,’ per se, but throughout its history, it has breathed life into the fabric of New York City, and has consistently drawn people together.
What has been your favorite development project and why?
One of my most meaningful projects was the Barclays Center. The scope, scale and complexity of the project drew me in immediately. Upon opening, I understood for the first time what it meant for a building to excite and energize a large crowd on the global stage, and I’ve taken that memory and feeling into all of my work ever since.
What is the current state of commercial real estate in New York? What impact has the pandemic had?
The streets are alive again. The noise is on its way back, the energy of the city is there, but the office environment throughout the city is still on the mend. I believe we have a responsibility to our cities, as much as we do to ourselves, to breathe energy back into them and refill our office environments in new and innovative ways. It has been meaningful for our staff to be able to gather again, and we have the privilege of helping our clients reimagine what it means to bring people together through the design and experience of their spaces.
How did you become interested in architecture, real estate, or construction?
It starts with my father. As he was an architect, designer and artist, I not only grew up in a creative environment, but I had more Lego than anyone else I knew – and the rest was history!
What is your favorite place you’ve ever lived?
Other than my undergraduate schooling, I’ve only lived in New York. Even if I’d never lived here, I’d be drawn to it and everything it offers. I thrive off of its energy and the intensity it brings to everyday life, and I simply cannot imagine living anywhere else.