As former principal of architecture firm Jen Bee Design, Jen Bee brings her architectural and interior design expertise to mid- and large-scale residential and mixed use projects, hotels, restaurants, and collaborative working environments. Jen’s recent undertakings include Alloy 26, Pittsburgh’s largest co-working space for independent entrepreneurs, a mixture of shared and private areas that allows for both brainstorming sessions and creative “alone” time. She is also part of a nationwide effort to renovate the DoubleTree Pittsburgh and is currently assisting in the design of the large-scale Forbes Avenue Apartments in the Oakland business district that has required a complex series of community and agency engagements to develop support for the project.
Jen has also taken on the role of mentor to emerging architects, both within and outside of the company. As an AIA Pittsburgh board member and past president, Jen was instrumental in reactivating the AIA Pittsburgh Foundation for Architecture, working with others to establish the AIA Foundation for Architecture’s Leadership Institute, a nine-month program dedicated to developing leadership skills of emerging architects and creating strong leaders in architecture firms and the greater community. Jen also works with the firm’s Intern Development Program (IDP), and participates in the AIA PALM (Promoting Advocacy and Licensure through Mentorship) networking discussion groups containing architects in all phases of their careers.
Jen has served as assistant instructor and guest critic for Carnegie Mellon University’s Architecture program, and currently serves on the Design Review Committee for nonprofit Riverlife Pittsburgh, working to improve Pittsburgh riverfronts. She also served as co-chair for the AIA Sustainable Design Assistance Team study of the Route 51 Corridor, gathering local architects and facilitating a professional team from around the county in a series of stakeholder meetings to explore potential improvements of the corridor. Jen enjoys hiking and camping with her family, trail biking, shooting pool and has recently developed a love/hate relationship with her newest interest, golf.