My interests reside somewhere between the formal disciplines of Art and Architecture. I've come to know architecture as an industry that derives value from its understanding and execution of many years of convention – born from the necessity to produce legible communication between the client and maker. Clients look to architects for their ability to provide a service, predicated on their ability to deliver the necessary documents to manufacture projects of varying complexity. The artist, on the other hand, works with complete liberty for self-expression, enamored with even the most unconventional production methodologies. Value is acquired in their ability to produce the unexpected - rumored to operate from a place of internal inspiration where the process of design often happens during the course of making, the end product unpredictable to anyone but the artist himself.

I aim to unlock the tremendous potential in the overlap of these two strategies. My work pairs advanced 3D design platforms and emerging manufacturing technologies in a non-linear workflow to generate unique design concepts that dissolve the boundaries between digital and physical space. 




Many people have helped me get to where I am today:

  • Thank you Dwayne Oyler & Jenny Wu of Oyler Wu Collaborative for letting me take part in so many invaluable design experiences.
  • Thank you to all my friends and colleagues from SCI-Arc's 2012 M. Arc 1 program. I feel truly privileged to have shared a studio with so many talented and inspiring people. 
  • Thank you Anna & Hal Holiday for all of your love and support throughout my academic career.
  • Last, but certainly not least, thank you to my unbelievably devoted and caring family. Thank you for encouraging me to follow my dreams.


Jacques Lesec earned his Master’s degree from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) in 2012, where he trained in advanced digital modeling platforms and emerging mix-media representation technologies. During his graduate studies, he worked for design office Oyler Wu Collaborative in Los Angeles, participating in several highly published design/build concepts.

Southern California Institute of Architecture, Los Angeles (SCI-Arc) - 2009-2012
Degree: Masters in Architecture

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - 2004-2008
Degree: Bachelors in Political Science (International Relations)