University of California, Berkeley
San Francisco Art Institute
A.B., University of California, Berkeley
Institute of Architects
2003 Chair, AIA
Technology in Architectural Practice Advisory Group
Elected to the AIA College
of Fellows, 2004
San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association
Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture
Francisco Honor Award for Design Excellence, 1993 (shared with
Urban Land Institute Award for Excellence, 1992 (shared)
National AIA Urban Design Citation for Excellence, 1991 (shared)
Pacific Coast Builders Conference “Gold Nugget” Award, 1990 (shared)
Northern California Home and Garden, Design Achievement Award, 1992
Brick Institute of California Merit Award, 1992
Rancho Bernardo Performing Arts Center Competition, Finalist, 1982
Design with the Internet,” Architectural Record, August,
“ The New Architect:
Keeper of Knowledge and Rules,” The Architect’s
Handbook of Professional Practice, 2004 Update, Joseph A. Demkin editor, John
Wiley & Sons, 2004
and Design with the Internet: A Guide for Architects, Planners
and Building Professionals, WW Norton & Company, New
Architectural Web,” in DesignArchitecture, August 27, 2001.
“Making the Most of the Internet,” in Planning, The Journal of the
American Planning Association, vol 66, no 7, July 2000, pp. 20-23.
“Owning the Project Information: an Opportunity for Architects,” in
the Proceedings of the Greenwich2000 Symposium on Digital Creativity, University
of Greenwich, UK, January, 2000.
“Voice of the Village: a Demonstration Website for Community Participation” in
Urban Land, the journal of ULI, November 1998.
“Preservation, Mixed Use and Urban Vitality”,
“The Urban Approach - Graphic but Rational” in San Francisco Bay
Architects Review, No. 22, Winter 1981.
presentation: “Project Information Managers: The New
Master Builders,” ZweigWhite
AEC Technology Strategies, Washington, DC, June 2003.
“ Web-based Design Communication, “ Fisher
Center for Information Technology & Marketplace Transformation, Haas
School of Business, UC Berkeley, April 2003.
Development for Architects,” AIA Minnesota annual convention,
“Geographic Information Systems for Architects,” A/E/C Systems, Anaheim
CA, June 2002
“The Internet in Architectural Practice” and “Web Authoring
for Architects,” Ontario Association of Architects annual convention: “Changing
Practice, Practicing Change,” Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, May, 2002
“Architect at the Center: a Radical Proposal for the Building Industry,” “Six
Degrees of Collaboration: Information Technologies to Facilitate Collaboration
in Architectural Practice” AIA Professional Practice Conference, Washington,
DC, April 2002
Harvard Design School, Center for Design Informatics Executive Conference,
April 2000 and 2001.
“Networked Design Organizations
and the Project Information Manager,” presented at Build Boston November
2000 and 2001.
“Architecture in the Net Economy,” presented at “Form, Function,
Future,” AIA Professional Practice Conference, Portland, OR, October 2000.
Keynote speaker: AIA Louisiana 2000 Design Conference: Invent the Future: “Architecture
in the Networked Economy – Opportunity or Threat” September 2000.
“Healing a Fragmented Industry: New Opportunities for the Architectural
Profession,” Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture Technology
Conference, MIT, July 2000.
“Owning the Project Information: an Opportunity for Architects,” Greenwich2000
Symposium on Digital Creativity, University of Greenwich, London, UK, January,
“Web Authoring for Architects,” National AIA Convention, Dallas,
Construction Specifications Institute National Convention, Los Angeles, June
“Creating Websites for Project Management and Communication,” National
AIA Convention, San Francisco, May 1998.
“Enabling Community Participation with the Internet,” Conference
of the International Association for Public Participation, Tempe, AZ, October
Developer and Presenter: “Expanding Your Practice with the Internet”,
July-October 1998, in 14 US and Canadian cities, sponsored by Hewlett Packard,
Hitachi and Apple Computer Inc.
Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, invited lecture: “Using
the Internet for Creative Participation - an Introduction for Designers,” April
Developer and Presenter: “Architects on the Internet” in 9 US
cities, 1996-1997 and “Expanding Your Practice with the Internet” in
10 cities, 1997, sponsored by Apple Computer Inc.
AIA/California Council Conference on Architectural Practice, 1996
“The World Wide Web for Architects” and “Website Authoring
for Architects”, sponsored by AIA chapters in San Francisco, Monterey,
Los Angeles, East Bay and Seattle, 1996.
UC Berkeley Extension, ”The Internet for Design Professionals,” Spring
University Graduate School of Design Professional Development Program, “Architecture
and the Internet: Issues and Opportunities,” Summer 2000, 2001,
Guest critic, UNC Charlotte School of Architecture, 2002.
Guest critic, UC Berkeley Department of Architecture, 1980-1982, 1990.
Published Architectural Work:
(credit shared with
Backen Arrigoni & Ross)
Record, July 1992
Urban Land, December 1992
San Francisco Chronicle, September 28, 1991
San Francisco Examiner, 11 August 1991
California Builder, December 1992
New York Times
Peninsula Fire Station
(credit shared with
Hirshen Trumbo Assoc.)
Record January 1990
Masonry Design West, September 1991
Sun Coast Architect/Builder, December 1992
Northern California Home and Garden, Nov 1992
Brick Architecture and Landscape, Fall 1992
American Fire Journal
California, Vol 4, No. 5, September/October 1982.
American Homestyle, Spring 1994
Home Magazine, June 1992
Remodeling, February 1992
Remodeling, April 1993 (cover story)
1997 – present: CEO of Urban Simulations Inc,
Berkeley, CA, a company which develops websites for
community participation in design and city planning.
Member, Mountain View, CA, Site Planning and Architectural
Review Board, 1995-1998. Responsible for design review
of major corporate, spec office and housing developments.
1987 - present: founding principal of Jonathan Cohen
and Associates, San Francisco, CA.
1983-September 1987: Backen Arrigoni and Ross, Inc.,
San Francisco, CA. Position: Senior Project Manager.
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