Janette graduated from University College Dublin, Ireland in 2008, with a Bachelor of Architecture with honors. Even though she grew up in rural Ireland, Janette has always been drawn to denser, urban environments. While on a year out during her studies, Janette lived and worked in New York City, and returned to Dublin to intern with one of Ireland’s largest commercial firms, Scott Tallon Walker, on a new residential high-rise for the city. Following that, and throughout the remainder of her studies, Janette worked with Lawrence and Long Architects in Dublin on a number of single family residences.
After visiting Chicago in 2006, enjoying the public spaces dedicated to art and culture and the ease of moving through the city via public transportation, her thesis addressed the lack of public spaces, interior and exterior, in Dublin, and how design could relieve the congestion in an organically grown city.
Eager to learn in another environment and from a wider range of project types, Janette joined Wheeler Kearns Architects as an Intern in November 2008. While at Wheeler Kearns Architects, Janette has worked on numerous interior renovation projects for the Noble Network of Charter Schools, a feasibility study for a Catholic Parish on Chicago’s Southside, and assisted on Inspiration Kitchens in East Garfield Park. Janette was Project Architect for Congregation Sukkat Shalom, the conversion of a mid-century church into a synagogue, and a single family residence located in a Gold Coast high rise. Janette recently completed Phase 1 of Northwestern Settlement’s Rowe Middle School expansion, and is Project Architect for the renovation and addition at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Arlington Heights, due to be completed this Fall.
In 2012, Janette was added to the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland’s register of Architects, and in 2016 became a licensed architect in Illinois.
Janette serves as a board member and regular volunteer of IMPACT Chicago. IMPACT Chicago teaches self-defense to women and girls, is committed to ending violence and building a non-violent world in which all people can live safely and with dignity.