Janette S. Blackburn, FAIA
I grew up in a family of educators. My mother was a violinist and music teacher, and my father, a leader in the advancement of campus life programs. Their example instilled in me a deep respect for scholarship and an affinity for environments where learning happens.
The most interesting aspect of architecture, for me, is crafting spaces that respond to the activity patterns of their occupants. My innate appreciation for the way people interact, learn, and create is what’s steered my focus in higher education work. The dual challenge in designing learning environments is to create memorable spaces that are tailored to their communities, while still flexible enough to evolve as institutional programs and priorities change.
Whether it’s big-picture planning, detailed programming, complex problem solving, or creating a bold design gesture, my goal is to build environments that reflect community culture, and respond to the way people live, work, and learn.