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Jill Lerner

Managing principal at Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, FAIA

Jill Lerner illustration by Jonathan Puckey
Lerner is managing principal at Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, FAIA.

Schooling: B.Arch, Cornell University, 1976

First job: Norman Rosenfeld Architects

Made partner: 1999

Biggest building:
Baruch College’s William and Anita Newman Vertical Campus Conference Center for the City University of New York (780,000 square feet)

Advice for young women in architecture: “It’s easier in school than in the field. Once you get into the working world, women need to seek out mentors who will teach, encourage, and give you opportunities to demonstrate your skills and talent. I would also suggest being more vocal. When I’ve taught, I’ve noticed that women’s papers are just as good, but the men are asking most of the questions."

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