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Maigret promoted to associate professor with tenure in architecture

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Maigret promoted to associate professor with tenure in architecture

Trained in ecology and evolutionary biology as well as in architecture, Jen Maigret has brought to her design projects a unique capacity to make complex ecological systems the basis for prize-winning creative work. Her deep knowledge of the Great Lakes watershed has been important not only for large-scale projects like Water+Sheds, an imaginative re-mapping that encompasses the whole Great Lakes Basin, but also for small-scale projects along the Huron River whose designs subtly but forcefully connect to the larger watersheds in which they are embedded. Her project A Dozen Playgrounds for Detroit elementary schools helps inner-city children relate to the larger environment. Jen has been a leader in the college, the university and the profession in re-defining architecture as an interdisciplinary activity that brings together design, social theory and ecology. She is a talented, thoughtful, ambitious design researcher, and a creative, rigorous teacher, as well as a dedicated service provider for both the university and a number of specific community venues.

Prior to her tenure track appointment in 2009, Jen was an assistant professor in architecture at Washington University in St. Louis in 2008-2009 and a Cynthia Weese Teaching Fellow/ Visiting Assistant Professor in 2006-2008. She was also a lecturer at Taubman College in 2005-2006. Jen holds a Master of Architecture with high distinction from the University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning (2004), a Master of Science in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Michigan (1996), and a Bachelors of Arts in Biology, Magna Cum Laude from Hartwick College (1994). She is a licensed architect in the State of Michigan, holds National Council of Architectural Registration Boards registration and is a member of the American Institute of Architects. She is a co-founding principal of MAde Studio, LLC with collaborator Maria Arquero de Alarcón, a design research practice established in 2011 focused on the development of environmentally and culturally sound urban design practices. Prior to that partnership she worked as a junior designer at PLY Architecture between 2001-2006 and worked in Natural Areas Preservation at the Department of Parks and Recreation in Ann Arbor from 1997- 2000.

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