Senior Associate, RAIA
BArts (Arch), BArch, Deakin University, RAIA
“We’ve got a lot of great up-and-coming designers. My focus is to give them opportunities to show what they can do.”
Up and coming designers gravitate towards Jen. She’s an empathetic all-rounder whose broad experience in education design and practice development makes her a natural mentor and sounding board. She listens, offers advice where she can, and helps teams test their assumptions and strengthen their design rationales.
Jen’s learned from great mentors herself, men and women, and understands the impact of investing time in young talent. She gets real satisfaction sharing what she’s learned about people, process and strategy in varied hands-on and leadership roles.
Jen’s been a principal at a large commercial practice but her heart is in community-based architecture. She works closely with schools, especially in the Catholic sector, and feels a real affinity with educators. Her partner is a Deputy School Principal. She likes how educators think. She moves in their world and understands how great design supports their goals. Jen seems to bring out the best in people. She’s respectful and respected.
She began at CHC as a Practice Development Manager handling everything from invoicing to submissions, quality assurance and software efficiencies. She’s a renowned project architect and is equally energised by strategy and design. The best thing about architecture for Jen is the variety. She loves being on-site one minute, wrangling contractors and problem-solving with builders, and poring over legal contracts and fee proposals the next. She’s approachable and efficient: a go-to for practicalities from resourcing to career development.
Jen loves sport, plays AFL for Box Hill North, and is passionate about gender equity, workplace flexibility and pay parity – from the footy field to the design studio.