Jana VanderGoot is a licensed architect, landscape designer, and Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Maryland School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. Jana’s teaching, research and practice center at the intersection of design and environment and include urban ecological planning, non-toxic building processes and materials, and climate adaptation.
VanderGoot has led a number of collaborative community-based design studios that address these topics, most notably strategies for flooding and sea water rise in Salisbury, Md., later adopted as part of the city’s master plan. She is the founder of the Low Heat Research Collaborative, a partnership with BeckerLinn Design and the National Center for Smart Growth. She was the 2011 the recipient of the Rieger Graham Prize, ICAA affiliated fellowship at the American Academy in Rome where she began work for her book, Architecture and the Forest Aesthetic: A New Look at Design and Resilient Urbanism (2018).
VanderGoot holds a Master of Landscape Architecture from Harvard University Graduate School of Design, a Master of Architecture from the University of Virginia and a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Notre Dame. She is an award-winning architect and founding partner at VanderGoot Ezban Studio. (photo credit to Gary Cameron)