In her 14-year career as an interior designer, Jennifer has led interior design for large-scale commercial fit outs and renovations as well as hospital campuses. She also teaches interior design as an adjunct professor at the University of Nebraska College of Architecture. Her thought leadership has been published in Healthcare Design and Medical Construction & Design magazines, and her projects have been featured in the Midlands Business Journal and Med Esthetics magazine.
How did you first learn about architecture and when did you decide that built environment profession was an area of interest for you?
In high school, I went on a Skills USA field trip the University of Nebraska College of Architecture. I was focused on wanting to be an engineer, so I didn’t take it seriously until, in college, I craved a more artistic approach to solving problems.
What do you do?
I select interior finishes and furnishings to inspire occupants while facilitating specific functions within the built environment. I collaborate with architects and engineers with a common goal to create positive impacts on people and activities.
What excites you in the work you do?
Thinking outside the box. Making seldom-used space into vibrant spaces people can’t wait
to use. Making small spaces come to life, and asking, “what if.” What if we created a technology-rich learning environment in an old school bus?
Who or what inspires you professionally?
My clients inspire me. I was inspired by the pas- sion of the OPS team that sought to bring digital access and digital equity to under-served communities. They wanted to enrich lives and I was inspired by taking part in that.
What is your proudest professional accomplishment or achievement?
Seeing the students line up to board the OPS Mobile Learning Unit was really a powerful moment to me. It’s a powerful thing to be able to design and build a space that has such visible impact people in our community.
Featured Project Name:
Omaha Public Schools Mobile Learning Unit
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Role in Featured Project:
Lead Interior Design
Featured Project Description:
To address the need for digital equity in underserved communities, Omaha Public Schools commissioned this Mobile Learning Unit – a STEM classroom on wheels that brings wi-fi, device access, and educational programs to students and their families. It was converted from an existing “book-mobile” school bus. In addition to expanding student access to technology, it also addresses digital literacy among parents, ensuring they can help their children navigate the internet in a positive and safe way.
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