Jessica Henson has professional and academic experience in landscape architecture, architecture, and structural engineering. Since joining OLIN, she has contributed to several planning projects combining infrastructure and technical considerations with social and environmental resiliency, including Meeting Green, a winning entry in the Philadelphia Water Department’s Soak It Up! design competition, and a master plan for the revitalization of the Los Angeles River. Jessica’s other significant projects include Chicago’s Vista Tower, a new residential precinct at the University of Washington in Seattle, and the new U.S. Embassy in London. Since 2011, Jessica has collaborated on OLIN’s integration of Building Information Modeling (BIM) into projects and works within the office to develop strategies for effective cross-disciplinary coordination using current technologies.
Jessica is on the faculty of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign where she is currently the Undergraduate Programs Chair in the Department of Landscape Architecture. She teaches studios focusing on demographic shifts, resiliency, and flooding, particularly in relationship to the Mississippi River and the Great Lakes. She has also taught at the University of Pennsylvania and frequently lectures on topics related to resiliency. Jessica earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree with a minor in Structural Engineering at Illinois Tech in Chicago and a Master of Landscape Architecture degree at the University of Pennsylvania.