The Catholic University of America


Hiroshi Jacobs


Hiroshi Jacobs, Assoc. AIA,LEED AP, is a Lecturer in Architecture at The Catholic University of America, a designer with STUDIOS architecture, and the founder of HiJAC. His design work has appeared in numerous publications and exhibitions, including Surface Magazine, Businessweek, Harvard GSD Platform, DesCours New Orleans, La Biennale di Venezia, and the Harvard Arts First Festival.

Mr. Jacobs has also held academic positions at Tulane University and in the Career Discovery program at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. Mr. Jacobs has made significant global contributions to the field of architecture through his work in design technology. His interest in the role of tools in design has led to him to create new design technologies, which range from a community website to experimental design software. In the process, he has become a leading voice in the field of Building Information Modeling (BIM) and parametric design, in professional and academic circles alike.

Mr. Jacobs is the founder and director of, an online community of Revit users with well over 400,000 members, and the author of Chameleon, a software plugin for Revit and Grasshopper. In 2013, Mr. Jacobs was awarded the Emerging Architect Award from the American Institute of Architects, Washington DC chapter. He received his 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.