Jen Maigret is an associate professor of architecture at the University of Michigan, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, where she teaches design studios and courses in sustainability and representation. She was a 2006-2008 Cynthia Weese Fellow at the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts, Washington University in Saint Louis, where she also held an assistant professor position. Maigret is a licensed architect in the State of Michigan and a founding principal of MAde Studio, a research-based firm focused on the development of environmentally and culturally sound architecture and urban design practices.
MAde Studio, founded in 2011, prioritizes multi-scalar inquiry and interdisciplinary collaborations and the firm’s projects are distributed across the fields of architecture, urbanism and landscape. The practice has been recognized for its contributions to regionally scaled work as well as its design excellence for small-scale, built work. These recognitions include three awards from the Michigan American Institute of Architects (Honor Awards), an Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture Faculty Design Award and two Boston Society of Architects (Citations). MAde Studio was also featured in 2014 in Architect Magazine’s “Next Progressives,” and is a contributor to the forthcoming Third Coast Atlas: Prelude to a Plan of the Great Lakes Region.
Maigret holds degrees in Biology (B.A. Biology, Hartwick College and M.S. Evolutionary Biology and Ecology, University of Michigan) and Architecture (M.Arch, University of Michigan). Her educational and professional experience within the fields of biology and architecture inform her approach to the capacity for design to contribute to broader environmental and cultural systems. Maigret’s current research explores material, ecological and cultural reciprocities between small-scale built work and patterns of urbanism occurring at the scale of a city, region or watershed.