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Jillian Ahern

Project Designer

Jillian, who joined SGA in November 2020, assists in all stages of the creative process, from conceptual planning to construction administration. She primarily contributes to schematic and design development tasks through research, drawings, and modeling, all of which support successful project outcomes. The variety of her day-to-day responsibilities allows her to pursue her many professional passions: urbanism, adaptive reuse, repositioning, smart growth, and sustainability, to name a few. She also enjoys working across a range of sectors, from mixed-use buildings to lab facilities.

Jillian decided at a young age to pursue a career in architecture. As a teenager, she interned at high-end residential firms in her local community, which prompted her to enroll in the University of Notre Dame’s five-year architectural program. Subsequent internships at Elkus Manfredi Architects and Catalano Inc., along with two academic years at Notre Dame’s department of Facilities & Design Operations, provided insight into several paths within the field, which paved the way to her current role.

Jillian graduated from Notre Dame with a Bachelor of Architecture and a concentration in furniture design. She studied for a year in Rome as part of the program’s foundation in classical architecture. Notre Dame’s curriculum alone brought her to 30 cities in Italy and France. During her last two years at Notre Dame, she participated in a campus redevelopment plan in Navajo Nation, Arizona and in a complete revitalization of Mati Greece, a HRH-INTBAU project led by Prince Charles of Wales. She hopes to travel more extensively in the future. In the interim, she pursues other hobbies, such as experimenting in the culinary arts, studying brick detailing around Boston, learning golf and pool, and engaging in community service.