The Berlage

Jesse Honsa

Jesse Honsa is an architect and researcher based in Brussels. He recently completed his PhD dissertation, “Housing Economies of Scale: An Architectural Assessment of Three Historic Case Studies in London,” promoted by Martino Tattara and co-promoted by Sven Sterken at KU Leuven. Jesse has around ten years of experience in architectural practice, focusing mainly on large-scale housing and urban design with Aardvarchitecture in New York City, Rutz Architecten and AGPS architecture in Zürich, DB Architects in Istanbul and Ooze Architects in Rotterdam, where he has also served as a “financial liaison” to multilateral development banks. He has presented work at the Istanbul Design Biennial, the World Islamic Economic Forum, the Venice Architecture Biennale (2021) with Ooze Architects, and is currently collaborating with Dogma and CityTools on an exhibition at Les Halles Saint-Géry in Brussels. Jesse has studied at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), the Berlage Center (Generation 26), and KU Leuven. He is currently a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Building Physics and Sustainable Design at KU Leuven, where he is developing financial and organisational strategies to scale up climactic housing renovations in Flanders.