Meet Jessica Senne, One of our Presenters for WE MAKE

Get to know Jessica Senne, AIA, NCIDQ, one of the presenters for WE MAKE this Saturday. You may be wondering the AIA and NCIDQ are all about. These letters indicate certifications that Jessica has earned, meaning she is a licensed architect and interior designer, and member of the American Institute of Architects and the National Council for Interior Design.

  • MAKES: Describe your job in five words or less.
    JS: busy and different every day.
  • MAKES: What are you working on right now?
    JS: Aside from my full-time teaching responsibilities, I am working on the design for an outdoor learning space for the Ritenour School District as well as two residential design projects.
  • MAKES: Whose work inspires you?
    JS: These days I am more inspired by smaller, single-person operations than large, famous designers and firms. The latter have lots of support, which is entirely different than the smaller designers trying to maintain a foothold in the industry. The lesser-known, regional designers, and artists must work much harder in order to see their visions realized.
  • MAKES: What gets you excited about your job?
    JS: As far as design is concerned, the entire process excites me. I like the early phases, where the project is all about vision, but I also enjoy the later phases when a project is under construction and you have to “get in the weeds” to make sure the details are right. Seeing design projects completed is always gratifying and serves as a constant reminder of why I chose a creative profession.

Jessica Senne, AIA, NCIDQ is Assistant Professor of Interior Design at Maryville University. Professor Senne holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Design from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a Master of Architecture degree from Washington University in St. Louis. Professor Senne is a licensed architect through National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), an active member of American Institute of Architects (AIA), and a certified interior designer through the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ). She practices in both disciplines of architecture and interior design as founding principal of St. Louis-based Studio Lark.

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