PARA PROJECT is a studio for architecture in Amenia, NY and Cambridge, MA, led by principal, Jon Lott.

Each project is a collaborative effort between a wide range of constituents, guided by the specific needs and curiosities of diverse clientele. PARA works on projects of varying scales and media: from cultural, institutional, and residential work, to events, and international competitions. The work has been published in the New York Times, the LA Times, New York Magazine, Harvard Design Magazine, Architectural Record, Metropolis, Domus, the Architect’s Newspaper, a+u, Form, Azure, IW, Interior Design, MARK, Frame, Perspective, Surface, 306090, Exclama!, and in books “American City X,” by Princeton Architectural Press (2014); “Shopping Now,” by Taschen (2010); PROOF, by Princeton Architectural Press; and “How Architecture Learned to Speculate” (2009).





655 Bangall-Amenia Rd

Amenia NY 12501


Jon Lott

Jon Lott is founding principal of PARA PROJECT, co-founder of Collective-LOK, and Associate Professor of Architecture at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design.

He is recipient of the Emerging Voices Award by the Architectural League of New York, the Design Vanguard award by Architectural Record, the New Practices New York award by the AIANY, the Architectural League Prize by the Architectural League of New York, an AR Emerging Finalist by the Architectural Review of London, and a Young Architects finalist by the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA/PS1) in New York. He has previously taught at Syracuse University, directing the School of Architecture’s New York City Program; is a Leopold Schepp and John E. Thayer Scholar; has been a project editor for PRAXIS: Journal of Writing + Building; has lectured widely; and has been an invited juror at Harvard, Princeton, Rice, Yale, Columbia, MIT, UPenn, Cornell, Toronto, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Architectural League of New York.

He holds the Master of Architecture with distinction from Harvard University; the Bachelor of Architecture with honors from California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo; and is an NCARB-certified architect with licensure in New York, Massachusetts, California, Maine, and Rhode Island.




Marianna González-Cervantes

Marianna is a Designer at PARA. She joined the practice in 2021 and holds the Master of Architecture with distinction from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. Marianna also holds the MArch in Architectural Studies from MIT, and the BA of Arts in Architecture, cum laude, from Wellesley College. Marianna has previous experience working with the design offices WOJR in Cambridge, MA and Karamuk*Kuo in Zurich, Switzerland.



Past Team Members

Young Byun, Jeffrey Cheung, Rachel Coulomb, Brendan Finney, Justin Gallagher, Nikita Grachev, Benjamin Halpern, Dennis Harvey, Kenneth Hasegawa, Mark Hernandez, May Jieun Jeong, Lola Kleindouwel, Nilus Klingel, Paul Knepley, Min Lam, Julien Leyssene, Jaime Magaliff, Kyle May, Lauren McClellan, Paul Miller, Kurt Nieminen, Hilary Pinnington, Paul Pino, Brian Price, Josephine Roubert, Huma Sahin, William Smith, Cristina Webb, Taili Zhuang

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