Jessica Gardenhire is a recently licensed architect in California. A midwestern native, she began her architecture career out West to explore a new realm of possibilities. Her early career experiences allowed her to learn about tech campuses, master planning, laboratories, and high rise residential design. Of her work experience- a major pride and joy is a luxury gymnasium in Silicon Valley, shared by Amazon and Facebook. The project taught Jessica the entire building process, with award winning design. Her other pride project is (still) pending planning approval- perspectively the first laboratory to be approved under a new Menlo Park planning code, which Jessica worked relentlessly on to marry design, function and contradicting regulations to execute with her mentor. In her free time, she loves to stay grounded via yoga, running and painting. She hopes to explore side passions in 2021 while also giving back to her community via the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) and the local AIA chapter via an EDI group. Ultimately she is seeking a fulfilling career while giving back after reaching a career milestone. Side passions Jessica hopes to explore during 2021 are rooted in returning to hands-on learning. She would like to reignite a passion for woodworking, as well as ceramic work (when studios reopen). Her work on NOMA has also opened her mind to pursuing marketing skills within the field. The role of historian is a social media networking manager. Serving the community while also learning communication and website design is a new exciting world after years of studying. As a “young architect” until 40- she looks forward to what opportunities licensure will bring her, and is incredibly honored to be able to serve as an architect to the greater community.
San Francisco, California