Discipline: Architecture – design

Jason Van Nest

Discipline: Architecture – design
Region: New York, NY
MacDowell Fellowships: 2008

Jason Van Nest is New York State licensed (practicing) architect, assistant professor of architectural technology, building information modeling consultant, and visual artist. His work focuses on the relationship digital tools have on creative works for the built environment.

As an architect, Van Nest's experience is focused on single-family homes. He enjoys exploring designs that are both a natural expression of his clients' personalities, and also explore innovative ways to build or find form.

As an educator, his work involves introducing parametric design and building information modeling (BIM) to appropriate places in the NYIT School of Architecture and Design curriculum. He teaches studios, electives, and core classes, and works to bring more established digital tools to these courses. He also teaches a graduate course at the Yale School of Architecture -- Design Computation -- in an effort to help the next generation of designers create new digital tools for new kinds of architecture.

As a BIM consultant, Van Nest is helping established architecture firms convert from CAD to BIM workflows. He enjoys helping architects work faster, thus freeing up time for more design exploration.

He served as the president of MacDowell Fellows Executive Committee and on The Board of Directors from 2013-2019.



Jason Van Nest worked in the Cheney studio.

Cheney Studio was given to MacDowell by Mrs. Benjamin P. Cheney and Mrs. Karl Kauffman. Like Barnard Studio, Cheney is a low, broadly massed bungalow. Sited on a steep westward slope, its porches are supported on wooden posts and fieldstone with lattices. Although it still retains its appealing character, the original design of the shingled building…

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