Jonathan Barnes was born in Columbus, Ohio, and earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Design from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He received the degree of Master in Architecture from Harvard University Graduate School of Design in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He began work in Chicago, Illinois, in 1986 as an architect with Skidmore Owings & Merrill, one of the world’s largest and best-known international architecture firms. There Mr. Barnes’ technical and design talents were applied to both new construction and renovation projects in New York, Washington, San Francisco and London, England, as well as to the development of the NBC Tower, one of Chicago’s premiere high rise buildings and the cornerstone of the Cityfront Center Master Plan.
In 1990, Barnes relocated to Milan, Italy, to work with the famous Italian architect and designer, Michele De Lucchi, on numerous projects throughout Europe. These works included architecture and interior design as well as product, exhibit and graphic design. In the most notable project, these various design disciplines were combined to create Deutsche Bank’s new branch bank system for its 1,200 retail locations throughout Germany.
In 1993, Jonathan Barnes returned to Columbus and formed Jonathan Barnes Architecture and Design. JBAD is a small, highly acclaimed architectural firm that has been involved in a variety of project types in the Midwest for nearly 25 years. The practice integrates technical expertise and creative design solutions in a multi-disciplinary approach. The work includes residential, commercial and institutional architecture, historic preservation, interior design, furniture design and retail design.
Sarah (Major) Mackert has always been passionate about Architecture. Born and raised in Urbana, Ohio, Sarah began at a very young age to draw and construct buildings wherever and however the opportunity presented itself. The origin of her inspiration was the home she grew up in, a one hundred and forty year-old church that had been brought back by her parents in the mid-seventies from fifty years of abandonment. Filled with light, air, and many unique spaces, the church held a striking contrast with many of the homes she visited. Within time she began to recognize how connected we are to the buildings we experience and the qualities of space that can affect our lives in profound ways. With this understanding as her foundation she endeavored to improve and enhance her understanding of the built world, of its endurance in the human experience, and last but not least, of how the successful interconnection of these two things within their context – natural or man-made – is one of the most powerful and essential elements of design.Sarah earned her Bachelor of Arts in Architecture and her Master of Architecture from the University of Cincinnati. Sarah has worked for Glavan Feher Architects, CR Architecture and Design and qkArchitecture. Sarah relocated to Columbus upon joining the JBAD team in the September 2014.
Eric Thompson is a licensed architect with 25 years of experience in a wide variety of building types and scales, and he has served in leadership roles in both the design and delivery of projects. His work has been recognized nationally through multiple AIA awards as well as national and regional publication. Eric also has a passion for the integration of sustainability and design, and is a LEED Accredited Professional with a proven track record in the execution of numerous sustainably-oriented and LEED certified projects. Eric served as the chair of the AIA Columbus Committee on the Environment from 2009 through 2013, and as the co-chair of the Built Environment Working Group for the Columbus Mayor’s Green Team from 2015-2017.
Eric grew up in the town of Princeton, New Jersey and has lived in Seattle, WA, and Washington, DC and Palo Alto, CA before moving to Columbus in 2006 with his family. Prior to joining JBAD in 2017, Eric worked for NBBJ Design in Columbus and HPS Architects in California. When not designing buildings at JBAD, Eric enjoys spending time with his family and playing music.
Originally from Rochester NY, Carly was drawn to Columbus by Ohio State and the Knowlton School of Architecture, where she received both a Bachelors of Science in Architecture and a Master of Architecture. While at Ohio State she had the opportunity to study in both Japan and Turkey, was awarded the Carl F. Mayer Scholarship, Lajos and Wilhelmina Szabo Architecture Scholarship and a scholarship from the AIA of Rochester. She also received 2nd Place honors for the 2012 Gui Competition that focused on developing a campus plan for Aalto University in Otaniemi, Finland.
As she transitioned to graduate school she took on the role of Graduate Teaching Assistant for Architectural History and Architectural Theory, teaching undergraduate sophomores and juniors. She also volunteered with The Center for Architecture and Design as a counselor for Camp Architecture. In her exit thesis for her Master’s Degree she focused on the influence and consequences of branding and style in architecture. Carly has had retail design experience working at Wegmans Food Market Inc. in their Architectural Remodel Department, as well as experience with residential projects at Meyers + Associates. She joined the JBAD team in June 2015 and is working toward licensure in the State of Ohio.
Tali Friedman earned her Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from the University of Toronto with a minor in Yiddish language. Upon graduation, she moved to New York City to work with Spivak Architects, where she focused on high-end multifamily residential renovations and boutique hotels. Tali left New York for Columbus in 2011 to earn her Masters of Architecture at the Ohio State University. While at OSU, she was a graduate teaching assistant, teaching Systems and Architectural Theory. Tali also worked for Behal Sampson Dietz throughout graduate school.
In 2014, Tali joined Office US, the United States’ exhibit in the 2014 Venice Bienale in Venice, Italy. She participated in the research, compilation and laying out of 1000 office manuals that lined the walls of the pavilion, as well as content for a book that was published by Office US for the exhibit. In the spring of 2014, alongside a small group of students from OSU and MIT, Tali spent a month in Venice completing the content and constructing the exhibit.
After graduating from OSU, Tali worked at the architecture firm Trinity Health Group before joining the team at JBAD in early 2016. She is currently working towards licensure in Ohio.
Originally from Guanajuato, Mexico, Ben studied at the Knowlton School of Architecture. During his undergraduate studies, he did a study abroad in Rome, Italy. While in Rome, he produced various drawings studying light and shadow, color, proportions, texture and context. Those studies served to help produce his first house commission, which he designed during his third year of undergrad. At the end of his fourth year at KSA, he traveled to Europe once again to tour various architecture projects. After working for a year, Ben returned to KSA for his master’s degree. During his graduate studies, he was a Graduate Assistant for Architectural Representation and Sustainability & the Built Environment.
Ben has gained retail, hospital, and design-build experience working for Dorsky Yue International, ms consultants, and Trinity Health Group. He also enjoys working on competitions and recently placed honorable mention in an international competition ran by arch out loud. His interests lie in the power of the architectural project that deals with light, shadow, material exploration, color, and form. Drawing is also one of Ben’s passions. His passion in sketching, watercolor, and charcoal are his means to explore the development of projects. Ben is working towards licensure in Ohio and is an Associate AIA member.
Amy joined JBAD in 2007 and has over twenty years of experience in accounting, human resources and office management for growing companies.
She believes in building long-term, lasting relationships with clients and helps JBAD to partner with them by identifying and recommending cost appropriate solutions for their projects. To that end, her goal is to help develop realistic and attainable project budgets for clients and to monitor them throughout a project’s development.
Her in-depth project financial analysis and detailed budgeting efforts ensure that a project is competitively priced for the client while being profitable for the firm. She has a systematic approach to solving issues that creates real value for clients. Through research, strategy, negotiation and implementation she is able to find the most effective solution to many problems.
Amy received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Cincinnati in 1994. She lives in Reynoldsburg with her husband and two teenage boys and is active in the community.
Emma joined JBAD in 2016 and is a graduate from Ashland University with a Bachelors in Public Relations, Strategic Communication, and Health & Risk Communication. Originally from Marietta, Ohio, she was drawn to Columbus for it’s various opportunities and is excited to be at JBAD.