Hiroshi Jacobs, Founder
Hiroshi Jacobs is an artist and architect living and working in Washington, DC. He is the founder of HiJAC, a trans-disciplinary design & research art collaborative, and a practicing architect with STUDIOS architecture. His designs and artwork have appeared in numerous publications and exhibitions, including Surface Magazine, Businessweek, Harvard GSD Platform, DesCours New Orleans, La Biennale di Venezia, (e)Merge, and the Harvard Arts First Festival. Additionally, Hiroshi was selected as an outpost of OfficeUS for the American pavilion at the 2014 Venice Architectural Biennale. Hiroshi has held academic faculty positions at Tulane University, The Catholic University of America, and as a design studio critic in the Career Discovery program at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design.
As the founder and director of RevitCity.com, an online community of Revit software users with more than half a million members, and the author of Chameleon, a software plugin that connects Revit and Grasshopper (two popular design software), Hiroshi is a leading voice in architectural design technology. He is a member of the AIA|DC Design Excellence Committee and co-chair of the AIA|DC Technology Committee. Hiroshi received the 2012 Emerging Architect Award from the Washington DC chapter of the American Institute of Architects, and the 2014 National AIA Associates Award.
Hiroshi holds a Master in Design Studies degree from Harvard University, where he was the recipient of the Daniel L Schodek Award for Technology and Sustainability, and received his Bachelor and Master of Architecture degrees from Tulane University. He is a registered architect in the District of Columbia.
Rolled Almanza, Project Manager
Rolled (Chris) Almanza is a graduate student at The Catholic University of America, School of Arhitecture and Planning, and Project Manager for HiJAC. With HiJAC, he has played an instrumental role in the design and fabrication of several high-profile installation projects, including Inside Out, iGLOW, and TradeWind.
Rolled holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from The Catholic University of America, and will complete his Master of Architecture degree in 2017.