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Hiroshi Jacobs, Assoc. AIA | Notes of Interest

Hiroshi has made significant global contributions to architecture through his work in design technology. His understanding of the underlying principles of new design technologies, his innovative and experimental uses of them, and his creative artistry are all central to his incessant design inquiry and thinking. Few others can claim his blend of design intuition and technology savvy.

He has become a leading voice in the field of Building Information Modeling and parametric design in professional and academic circles alike. Hiroshi is the founder and director of RevitCity.com, an online community of Revit users with more than 425,000 members. The free site has received more than 18 million visits since its launch. Through careful consideration of the user environment, Hiroshi has created a vibrant and invaluable resource, and today RevitCity is by far the most widely used Revit web site in the world. He is also the creator of Chameleon, a software plugin that, at its core, simplifies the process of translating geometric data between Revit and Rhino/Grasshopper. Design firms and academic institutions around the world use the program.

He is a lecturer in architecture at the Catholic University of America and a designer with STUDIOS Architecture in Washington, D.C. Within a few weeks of joining the STUDIOS team, Hiroshi was fully immersed in developing innovative solutions to complex design problems and developing new standards to improve the firm’s design and production processes. He is also a well-regarded artist whose work has been exhibited around the world, including at the Venice Biennale. One of his most effective teaching tools has been working with students to design and construct art installation projects. The projects create an environment in which experimentation, expression, and real-world constraints converge, and students learn how tools affect design, gain experience in fabrication, and end up with a beautiful artifact for their portfolios. Hiroshi was the 2012 recipient of AIA DC’s Emerging Architect Award.

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© Hiroshi Jacobs; Smithsonian American Art Museum

Hiroshi Jacobs, Assoc. AIA

2014 AIA Associates Award Jury

  • William Bates, AIA, Chair
  • Eat'n Park Hospitality Group
  • Homestead, Pennsylvania
  • Amanda Palasik, Assoc. AIA
  • GWWO, Inc.
  • Baltimore
  • Rona Rothenberg, FAIA
  • Administrative Office of the Courts
  • Alameda, California
  • Benjamin Vargas, FAIA
  • Bartizan Group Architects & Project Managers, PSC
  • Hato Rey, Puerto Rico
  • Jennifer Workman, AIA
  • Good Fulton & Farrell, inc.
  • Dallas

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