About Jon

Jon Lipman, AIA is the United States’ pre-eminent practitioner of Vedic – or Vastu – architecture, and he has had a distinguished career spanning architectural practice, historic preservation, museum curating, and academia.  He is also a New York Times-praised author.

Watch Jon give a lecture on Vedic architecture at Stanford University.

His architectural practice has been devoted exclusively to the practice of Maharishi Vastu® architecture for the past eighteen years, and he has accumulated more experience at reviving and applying its ancient principles than has any other North American architect.

Jon is the director of MaharishiVastu.Org, which provides the Unite States’ consulting services in Maharishi Vastu architecture and planning, and is the president of Jonathan Lipman, AIA & Associates, architects & planners in Fairfield, Iowa. He is also the director of the Institute for Maharishi Vedic® Architecture at Maharishi University of Management, and director of the U.S. office of Vedic architecture for the Global Country of World Peace. Jon serves as architect for the Vastu reconstruction of the campus of Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa, as well as the city architect for the first Vastu city in the modern era, Maharishi Vedic City, Iowa, where he resides.

His Maharishi Vastu portfolio includes master planning and a wide range of building types including offices, classroom buildings, apartment buildings, and homes in the United States and China. He has received licenses to practice architecture in New York, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Illinois, Hawaii, and Iowa.
His work in Vedic architecture education includes serving as director of the first international Maharishi Sthāpatya Veda consultants’ training course, giving hundreds of lectures on the subject in the US, Canada, the Caribbean, Middle East, and Asia, and collating medical and scientific research that validates the reality of the effects of this extraordinary system.

Lipman has guest lectured on architecture at many universities including Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Stanford, and Cornell; various museums including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Smithsonian Institution (the Renwick Gallery and the Cooper-Hewitt Gallery), and the National Building Museum; annual conferences of the Association for Preservation Technology International, the American Solar Energy Society, the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy, and the National Association of Home Builders; and popular venues for the general public including the Yoga Show, Whole Life Expo, and the Smithsonian Institution’s Resident Associates Program. He was invited to deliver a 90-minute address to the 2006 annual convention of the American Institute of Architects. He has delivered lectures in architectural education programs funded by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Lipman has curated architecture exhibits for the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution; the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, Japan; Cornell University; and the Milwaukee Art Museum.  He has been a guest curator at the Museum of Modern Art, New York City.

His book, Frank Lloyd Wright and the Johnson Wax Buildings (Rizzoli International Publications, 1986), is one of the most highly respected studies of Wright’s work.  It was praised twice by the New York Times, and after staying in print for a decade with its original publisher was reprinted by Dover Publications (2003).  Lipman has also written highly praised book-length studies of two other Wright buildings as guides for their owning institutions.  He has been acknowledged as one of the world’s primary authorities on Wright’s work of the 1930s.

His prior practice in historic preservation included work on some of the United States’ most distinguished landmarks of the 20th century, and he has served five times as the consulting preservation architect for the projects for the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the nation’s preeminent institution in the field.  He is a past president of the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy and served for six years on the State of Iowa National Register of Historic Places Nominations Review Committee.

His architectural work has won state awards and has been published in a number of publications, including Architectural Record.  He has been listed many times in both Who’s Who in the United States and Who’s Who in the World and was educated at Cornell University.