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 is the president of The MacDowell Colony Fellows Executive Committee, and serves on its Board of Directors.