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Led by Jon Lott, PARA is currently working on two projects for Syracuse University, a private residence on Skaneateles Lake, and the new home for Van Alen Institute (with the Collective-LOK).
AIA | ArchDaily
Jon Lott, PARA-Project
Jon Lott, the principal of ...
Jon Lott, the principal of New York-based Para-Project, says he wants the firm's work to allure while raising questions.
"Ambiguity, distortion, and estrangement are essential tools for me," says the architect, who cofounded the practice months after graduating with his M.Arch. from Harvard's Graduate School of Design in 2005.
For one of Para's first jobs, a small project in Syracuse, New York, where Lott taught until recently at Syracuse University's School of Architecture, the firm converted a 400-square-foot residential attic into a writing studio, inserting a large window opposite a bookcase lined with mirrored inserts to create the illusion that the space is open on both sides.
"I continued that experiment in a lot of other projects," says the architect, who routinely uses screens and various translucent and reflective materials to distort light and space.
In the fall, Lott
won a competition with fellow Vanguard winner William O'Brien and Michael Kubo to redesign the ground floor of the Van Alen Institute
, a nonprofit architecture organization in New York.
Lott formed Para eight years ago with Brian Price and Dominic Leong, two fellow graduates of the undergraduate architecture program at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.
The name, Lott
maintains emphatically, does not connote parametric modeling.
Rather, it comes from the prefix para-, meaning "beyond," and refers in part to the firm's early days, when it worked mostly on theoretical projects before commissions started to trickle in. "I wanted the name to be as general as possible," Lott
says, adding that his
goal is to have a flexible practice and a name that suggests he
is amenable to a wide range of building types.
"It purposefully stands out," says Lott
PRINCIPAL: Jon Lott
EDUCATION: Harvard GSD, M.Arch., 2005; Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, B.Arch., 2003.
WORK HISTORY: OMA/REX, NYC, 2005/2008; New York City's Capital Projects Department, 2007
The installation was designed by ...
The installation was designed by Jon Lott, assistant professor and principal of PARA-Project.
Jonathan Lott and Brian ...
Jonathan Lott and Brian Price of New York firm PARA-Project lecture at the University of Toronto | Full Story
Jonathan Lott and Brian Price of New York firm PARA-Project lecture at the University of Toronto
Jonathan Lott is a founding partner at Brooklyn-based PARA-Project, and Assistant Professor of Architecture at Syracuse University.
He holds a Masters degree in Architecture with Distinction from Harvard University's Graduate School of Design.
Prior to co-founding PARA, Jonathan worked for the Office of Metropolitan Architecture and REX Architects on large-scale cultural and institutional buildings.
He has also worked with the New York City Parks & Recreation Department directing the development of various public projects in the New York metropolitan area.
Jonathan is a project editor for PRAXIS: Journal of Writing + Building and has taught design studios at Harvard's Career Discovery program, the Boston Architecture Center, and Syracuse University.
has been an invited juror at Harvard, Princeton, Columbia, UPenn, and the Architectural League of New York