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 Jonathan’s 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, Jonathan 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 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.
In 2018, Jonathan was inducted into the College of Fellows of the AIA, an honor bestowed on only 1% of AIA Architects.
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.
At JBAD, Eric has led numerous key projects, including the Columbus Metropolitan Library Reynoldsburg Branch, the Harlow mixed-use apartment project, and the Parkside on Pearl apartment project. Eric integrates design excellence and expertise with a deep knowledge of building systems and codes to achieve outstanding project outcomes. 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 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
Doug graduated from the University of Montana in 1993 with degrees in Political Science and History and intended to work as a carpenter for one summer before going to law school. The summer turned to fall, but his career avoiding law school had just begun. He spent the next three years working as a carpenter, then two years as an assistant superintendent before a co-worker convinced him to apply to graduate school for architecture. Intrigued with the potential of delaying law school for the next three and a half years, he devoted himself to the study of architecture at The Ohio State University.
After earning his master’s degree in 2001, he had worked for small and medium size architecture firms doing a variety of project types including residential, restaurant, retail, senior living and medical facilities. He has a passion for design and has designed the prototype building for a regional restaurant chain and contributed to the design of an international fast food restaurant’s flagship store in Moscow. Although he hasn’t been paid to swing a hammer for two decades, he relies heavily on his construction experience to develop details and resolve the challenges associated with transforming design concepts into the built environment. Because of the numerous challenges afforded by the practice of architecture, he continues to enjoy avoiding law school.
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 OfficeUS, the United States’ exhibit in the 2014 Venice Biennale in Venice, Italy. She participated in the research, compilation and laying out of 1,000 office manuals that lined the walls of the pavilion, as well as content for a book that was published by OfficeUS 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.
Master of Architecture, The Ohio State University.
Kayla joined JBAD in 2021. Kayla Grosheim received her Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Cincinnati College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning with a certificate in Sustainable Landscape Design. In her final year of undergrad, Kayla’s studies on sustainable urbanism took her to Central and Northern India where the works Louis Kahn and Le Corbusier were studied for their impact on economics and urban development.
Upon graduation, she returned to a previous co-op at Gensler in Houston, Texas to work full time. At Gensler, Kayla spent most of her time in the hospitality studio working on the design and detailing of a private penthouse and luxury suites for a five-star, high rise hotel in the Galleria area of Houston. She returned to Ohio to receive her Master of Architecture degree at The Ohio State University Knowlton School of Architecture where she continued her studies of Le Corbusier’s work under José Oubrerie. Kayla was awarded the William Riot prize for her exemplary thesis research on the Anthropocene and its future impact on culture and the environment.
After graduation, Kayla worked for BHDP in higher education design and joined JBAD in early 2021.
Fontyne Pagán joined JBAD in 2021. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the Knowlton School of Architecture at the Ohio State University. During her undergraduate studies she had the opportunity to study architecture while traveling extensively through Europe. Upon graduating in 2017, Fontyne worked with Gary J. Alexander Architects, where she focused on residential additions and renovations. After working for two years, she returned to KSA for her master’s degree and traveled throughout Peru for a study abroad focusing on architecture, landscapes, and urbanism. During her graduate studies she was also awarded the Enrichment Fellowship and the George van Neil Scholarship for participating in the annual specifications writing competition. For her final year of graduate school she worked as a graduate teaching assistant for the freshman architectural history course. Fontyne joined the team at JBAD after graduating with her master’s in 2021 and she is currently working towards licensure in Ohio.
Kirby joined JBAD in 2021. She was born in Columbus, Ohio, and earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas. Upon graduation, she moved to New York City where she started her career as an Administrative Assistant. She gained lot of experience in her 10 years in NYC. Most notably she worked for MCR Development, a large hotel developer where she worked on the reimagining of the TWA Terminal at JFK airport which is now an operating hotel.
She is excited to be back in Ohio and to explore the ever-growing city of Columbus. Kirby is an active member of The Athletic Club of Columbus and is involved in many committees. She lives in Bexley with her husband and young daughter.
Clare Knecht earned her Bachelor of Science in Architecture, with a minor in Real Estate and certificate in Historic Preservation from the University of Cincinnati College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning. Through their co-op program she served in a myriad of architectural roles with a focus on residential and community driven non-profit organizations, such as the Ilan-Lael Foundation.
Upon graduation she started working in development, mainly focusing on low-income residents, she continued working while obtaining her master’s degree from the University of Virginia.
While at UVA, she served as the graduate representative for AIAS, as chair of the Graduate Professionals’ Council, and as Teaching Assistant to Theory and Construction. Her involvement in the program lead to her being chosen by her peers to speak on their behalf at final practices.
After Graduation she returned to Ohio, joining the JBAD team in 2021, and is working toward her licensure