Associate AIA, M. Arch
American Institute of Architects (AIA) Associate
Growing up in Macomb County, the son of a police officer, Jacob Bonacorsi admired his father’s artistic ability, and inherited his talent for drawing. Yet Jacob was also a good math student, and he initially pursued business courses at Oakland University before deciding to combine his abilities in art and math. He transferred to Lawrence Technological University and graduated with an MA in architecture in July 2021.
Jacob joins DesignTeam Plus as an Architectural Associate, with shared interest for the environment ,selecting and specifying sustainable materials, as well as commitment to understanding the Client’s needs and exceeding their expectations.
As part of his graduate studio work at LTU, Bonacorsi studied with an activist-minded professor whose syllabus involved problem-solving for a community partner, Fleece & Thank You. The Farmington Hills-based organization creates and delivers fleece blankets nationwide to children facing extended hospital stays. Along with his classmates, Bonacorsi designed a storage and delivery device for the blankets and renovated the organization’s warehouse to house a podcasting studio.
That experience led him to DesignTeam Plus, where a spirit of volunteerism and giving back pervades company culture, as the firm regularly partners with non-profit agencies to design and build spaces to further community initiatives.
“Everyone here shares my passion for activism, and it feels like a family,” Bonacorsi says. “I’ve been welcomed immediately, and everyone is approachable. As an emerging professional, I am gaining invaluable exposure to many projects, able to immerse myself in the field, participate in site visits, and learn from our clients and contractors.”
As he works towards his goal of becoming a licensed architect, Bonacorsi is developing a philosophical approach to architecture. “Good architecture strives to be good for its users and for the environment surrounding it,” he says. “Maybe we can’t undo the damage to the environment that has already been done, but maybe my generation can overcome that damage for the future, and a lot of that will depend on the materials we use.”