JKURTZ Architects Ltd. was founded in Cleveland in 2016. A practice in a committed search for insight, beauty, and resonant meaning in relation to the places, landscapes, clients, and missions with which it is engaged. The studio produces works that manifest and generate culture.

Jonathan Kurtz, AIA

Jonathan has spent the past 16 years with award winning architectural firms of varying sizes. Most recently a principal at Westlake Reed Leskosky where he provided design leadership across numerous project types and scales and led a number of the studio’s award-winning projects. He brings a focus on establishing a culture of design excellence and innovation through both direct project involvement and cultivation of design staff and resources. He has significant experience in leading large creative teams on technically complex and architecturally ambitious projects. 

He is the recipient of the 2012 Cleveland Arts Prize Emerging Artist Award and BD+C 40 under 40. He is an Adjunct Professor at Kent State University and Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate design studios. He has served as guest critic at Harvard, Ohio State, Washington University in St. Louis, Penn State, Detroit Mercy, and has acted as design juror for multiple State AIA and ASLA Awards programs. Jonathan has been a guest speaker and moderator at both professional and academic institutions for art and architecture. 

Jonathan holds a Master of Architecture with Distinction from Harvard University and a B. Arch with Honors from Kent State University where he received the Architecture Prize for design excellence.