Jessica Colangelo is a designer and educator based in Fayetteville, AR. She is a founding partner of Somewhere Studio, an award-winning architecture and design practice that focuses on public space and housing design. The studio’s acclaimed project Salvage Swings was the winner of the 2019 City of Dreams pavilion competition and a 2020 National AIA Small Project Award. The pavilion repurposes salvaged timber from a local construction project to create a modular play structure. Other public space projects by Somewhere Studio include bus shelters, community pantries, and urban furniture. Colangelo is an assistant professor of architecture at the University of Arkansas Fay Jones School of Architecture + Design. She received a Master of Architecture from Princeton University and a Bachelor of Architecture from Rice University.
At MacDowell, she and partner Charles Sharpless developed a series of drawings exploring the use of pattern, color and perspective as a design tool for architectural speculation. The series includes abstract spatial compositions and multiple-perspective juxtapositions that study the relationship between material assemblies and their perception as layered spatial devices. Somewhere Studio is currently developing an experimental pavilion using urban waste wood at the University of Arkansas.