Over her 17 years of experience, Jenny has built her skills in many areas within the architecture and design field. She began her career with Habitat for Humanity, acquiring vacant rowhomes to be renovated for Habitat families, and then worked, both physically and on paper, with the construction department to make them a reality.
In a more traditional firm setting, she has spent time on a wide variety of project types, from retail to civic to single-family residential. At VIA, Jenny has enhanced communities through the Community Design Studio, civic projects, multi-family residential, and senior living facilities in urban settings. The common thread throughout all of her work has been her interest in architecture that serves people and their communities, bringing projects to life that respond to the surrounding context and fully integrate all design disciplines.
Favorite Project & Why
First of all, I love the variety at VIA, and the opportunity to design and detail at different scales on all types of projects. From interior details of a gallery space, to site layout for 20 buildings, and everywhere in-between– I have had the opportunity to participate in it all. If I had to pick a favorite project, it would be the Be?is beach pavilion and artist studio for the Makah Tribe in Neah Bay. The carvings and artwork by the community artists directly on the building structure is such a unique situation and fulfilling experience. Pair that with the fact that I actually went to the site and participated in the install of the flashing, trim, and siding, and voila, you have an unforgettable project!
Favorite Thing About Your Job
I get to actively make the world a better place by creating a better environment for all living beings.
Favorite Thing to Do
I like to enjoy the parks and public spaces in Seattle and pretend I’m a tourist. But then remember that I actually live here! The top of the hill at Gas Works Park is a major favorite – it gives you a survey of the entire city before you.
Three Things You Can’t Live Without
Making and growing things, listening to music, and in general just getting outside.