Jen Masengarb

Executive Director

Jen Masengarb, Assoc. AIA

Executive Director, AIA Chicago

Jen Masengarb, Assoc. AIA, is the Executive Director of AIA Chicago.Trained as an architect, her 20+ year career has been devoted to advocating for the profession and meaningfully connecting the public with the built environment around them.

Masengarb joined AIA Chicago in spring 2021 following three years at the Danish Architecture Center in Copenhagen where she focused on expanding DAC’s offerings and outreach to international visitors.

Prior to joining DAC, Jen was the Director of Interpretation and Research at the Chicago Architecture Center (CAC), where she served for 18 years in a variety of roles and as a subject matter expert in architecture with a focus on outreach to the public. She served on the leadership team for CAC’s 2018 center and authored CAC’s three K-12th grade curricular resources – all of which were awarded AIA National Institute Honor Awards for Collaborative Achievement.|

Masengarb holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Detroit-Mercy and a Master of Architectural History degree from the University of Virginia, where she was named the School of Architecture’s 2015 Distinguished Alumni of the Year. 

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