Jenn is an integrative designer, educator, and landscape architect with over thirteen years of experience in the planning and design of public spaces across New York, California and Washington. At Openbox, Jenn is interested in the intersection of human-centered design and the built environment and sees both design research and the power of place as key tools to advance our work toward justice and equity. Jenn holds a BLA from the University of Washington and an MDes in Integrative Design from the Stamps School of Art and Design at the University of Michigan.
Where did you work before Openbox?
I was a landscape architect but I grew frustrated that issues of equity and justice were regulated as a specialized practice and not central to the work we do.
Why do you do the work you do?
Making the invisible, visible. We hold a lot of power (and responsibility) as designers to visually, physically and spatially express our values into the world.
What does inclusivity mean to you?
Celebrating, valuing and making space for difference.
When do you feel most like yourself?
When I'm standing around in my studio, staring at a pin-up board (a real one, not a virtual one).
I spend a lot of time thinking about...
My two dogs, Ruby (a beagle-mix) and Louie (a goldendoodle).