About JBA Collective

Jacob Bek Architects Collective, or JBA Collective, is a design intensive architecture and design studio based in New York City. The studio aims to approach each individual project as a new question, redefining conventions and pushing the boundaries of architecture and design culture today. Regardless of scale, program, or budget, the team at JBA is constantly critically rethinking standards to discover groundbreaking design solutions. Through the design process, JBA translates the core of each design problem into the realization of architecture, interiors, product design, as well as speculative research proposals.

Working with JBA Collective

Our job is to turn your ideas and aspirations into imaginative, workable solutions – and it’s what we love to do. When you contact us, we will run through a “reality check” with you on the phone to establish the approximate size of the project to make sure we can help you. If that conversation is positive, we arrange to meet to discuss what you and any others involved (often your family) want to achieve both now, and in the future. We’ll walk around your building or plot, talk about your own ideas, and often come up with some that you may not have thought of. We’ll give you our outline thoughts on planning, design, budget and timescale, although budget and timescale can only be indicative at this stage.

We know that selecting the right architect for your project is one of the biggest decisions you will make. To help you decide whether we might be right for you, here are a few reasons past clients have given for choosing – and recommending –  us.

  • Our  modern, energy-savings designs are tailored to each client’s current and future needs, lifestyle, aspirations, budget and site
  • We communicate well, give peace of mind and are easy to work with
  • Our Principal is involved at every stage of every project to ensure that the design will not get ‘diluted’ during construction

We hope the above gives you the confidence to consider contacting us about your project. We will happily discuss your requirements with you and, if we feel we can help, will arrange to come and see you. If however we feel that we are not best placed to meet your brief we will recommend someone who is.


Jacob Bek, RA LEED AP
Jacob Bek, RA LEED AP

Jacob Bek is an architect, educator, and founding partner at Jacob Bek Architects Collective.  Prior to forming JBA, Bek was a founding partner at studioMADOUHBEK New York | Kuwait.  In addition, Bek has worked with a number of international architecture offices including Foster + Partners and Reiser + Umemoto, RUR Architecture.  He began his professional career working primarily on residential and institutional renovations, and went on to develop large scale built projects in the US and Middle East.  Bek has been involved in numerous symposiums, exhibitions, and has shown work across the globe.

Bek received his Associate of the Arts from Bard College at Simon’s Rock, Bachelor of Architecture from Pratt Institute, and Master of Science in Emergent Technologies and Design from the Architectural Association School of Architecture.  Bek is a Visiting Professor at Pratt Institute, an Adjunct Faculty member at Fashion Institute of Technology, a certified LEED AP (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional), a certified member of NCARB (National Council of Architectural Registration Boards), a member of the Architectural Association in London, and a Registered Architect in the State of New York and Massachusetts.