Licensed Architect & Certified Passive House Consultant
After completing studies at The School for the Art Institute of Chicago and the Academy for Art & Design in the Netherlands Jonah founded the design firm NEEDBASED Inc. and for the past eighteen years NEEDBASED has focused on socially and environmentally sustainable designs responsive to need.
After completing a Beta LEED for homes Pilot project and applying this knowledge to affordable housing development Jonah joined the first generation of Passivhaus Consultants trained in North America. Training that was tested by completing the first Passivhaus in the Southwest, a mixed-use condominium development where the NEEDBASED offices still reside. The firm’s work commonly achieve Site-Net-Zero-Energy and PH certification and have won national awards for sustainability, including the ECOHOME design award.
NEEDBASED’s work is nationally recognized for advancing the field of resilient architecture. Jonah continues to passionately innovate architectural solutions to our complex environmental and social needs.
Jonah has presents nationally and internationally on a verity of subjects including Passive House Zero-Energy Design, sustainable design strategies, historic preservation of traditional earthen architecture. Substantial project management experience has lead Jonah to provide consulting services to many public and private clients including Los Alamos National Laboratories and the State of Mississippi.
He is dedicated to the development of economically responsible and resilient designs that improve our built environment. Jonah lives in Santa Fe with his wife and two children.