As an artist, Forrest Jessee strives to speak to multiple audiences through his projects, which is founded on a belief that every person deserves the opportunity to appreciate art and design. Forrest was educated as an architect at the Architectural Association School of Architecture and Columbia University, where he paralled his understanding of space with an expertise in graphic design. His career articulates his passion for exhibition, book and experiential design as well as branding and identity work. Every project begins with an in-depth research and concept phase, where all assumptions are dropped as the first step to pushing boundaries and exploring what is possible in a project. He enjoys the entire scope of a project from concept through production and PR and works closely with other artists, designers, Universities and non-for-profits through what can be considered an academic and rigorous exploration.
Forrest also served as an Adjunct Faculty Member and Director of the Graphics Project at Columbia University for eight years. The co-cirricular program asks students across all programs to consider their interest in design and articulate it through a graphic and material sensibility, which materialized in their graduation portfolios. Graduating students were equppied to express their ideal career path and unique skillsets visually and verbally. The program hosted lectures and tutorials by well-known figures such a Rem Koolhaas, Irma Boom, Michael Beirut, Luke Bulman and Thomas Weaver.
He is always on the lookout for creative and challenging endeavors and is never afraid to apply his expertise to rethink existing projects or explore new ideas.
Selected clients include:
Diller Scofidio + Renfro
American Institute of Architects, New York Chapter
Le Labortoire Cambridge
Center for Architecture
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