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Jayna Cooper

Jayna Cooper, Architecture

A licensed Architect and LEED Accredited Professional, Jayna earned a Master of Architecture degree from the Univeristy of Southern California, graduating first in her class, after completing her undergraduate education in Architecture at Georgia Tech. Her portfolio of experience includes design of new custom homes, residential renovations, adaptive reuse, historic preservation, commercial office, mixed-use. and high-rise projects; furniture design and fabrication; landscape design; and consulting. Her work experience alsp includes construction project management, most recently taking on the role of General Contractor for the construction of her own home.

Modern house in Los Angeles with corrugated metal facade

131-Day House

Architect Jayna Cooper had never designed a house before, much less played general contractor, when she broke ground on her new home in the middle of Los Angeles in 2009. After a grueling four months of hands-on hard work—managing subcontractors, sourcing materials, driving the front loader—she moved in. Here, she walks us through her completed home and reveals what it took to make this $200-per-square-foot abode a reality.