JKURTZ is an architectural practice founded in 2016. Our work is to uncover conditions unique to each project in the pursuit of creative physical and cultural realities for our clients. 

Jonathan Kurtz, AIA

Jonathan Kurtz 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. 

Jonathan 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. 

While at Westlake Reed Leskosky, his work for Oberlin College appeared in both Architect and Architectural Record. Both Bibbins Hall and the Bertram and Judith Kohl Building Received AIA regional, state, and local Honor Awards for Westlake Reed Leskosky and Kohl received a Society for College and University Planners [SCUP] Honor Award. His Recent work includes the New York City AIDS Memorial Design Competition [finalist], a traveling exhibition titled 5X5 Participatory Provocations where he speculates on Luxury Lunar Travel, and Stirn Hall for the Hawken Upper School which is a work recently completed by Westlake Reed Leskosky.

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.