Jennifer Switala holds degrees from the College of Design at the University of Minnesota and a Master of Architecture from New Jersey Institute of Technology. Jennifer is currently a Team Leader for Team New Jersey’s Solar Decathlon 2011 entry. The design incorporates passive and active systems resulting in a house that blends cutting-edge technology and fabrication, and is the first precast concrete home in the history of the competition. Jennifer is also an Adjunct Instructor at the New Jersey School of Architecture at NJIT and since 2010 has been a project designer at GRO Architects in New York.
GRO Architects, New York, NY, US, Project Designer
• Process design and construction documentation for new construction, renovations and competition designs.
• Performed project implementation and coordination in Revit and created project visualizations and
• Utilization of virtual design and construction tools to realize design proposals to create a highly
efficient and optimized construction process.
New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), Newark, NJ, US, Adjunct Instructor
Taught Advanced Building Information Modeling, graduate and undergraduate representation courses, and introductory design studios.
• Responsible for creating and providing three-month course in advance topics in building
information modeling designed to inform students to learn how to combine and validate designs
from different disciplines into a comprehensive model enabling real-time 3D and 4D design
coordination and construction simulation.
• Taught technical skills in 3D modeling and architectural representation in the following programs:
Rhino, Grasshopper, VRay, 3DS Max, Revit, AutoCad, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign.
New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), Newark, NJ, US, Team Leader of Team New Jersey's Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011
Team New Jersey is a collaborative effort between Rutgers and New Jersey Institute of Technology. The design challenged traditional building techniques and suggested a new method of approaching high-performance energy-efficient homes. The design incorporated passive and active systems resulting in a house that blends cutting edge technology and fabrication, and was the first precast home in the history of the competition.
• Responsible for all phases of project planning and design from initial conception to project
completion in November 2011.
• Managed and maintained Design Development Documentation, Construction Documents and
• Monitored project financials by establishing and maintaining records for tracking and reporting
• Plan and procure materials and services valued at $1M for the Solar Decathlon to meet
• Managed construction schedule coordination and implementation, with the aid of Skanska,
between sponsors, students, and suppliers, based on project deliverables.
• Maintained working relationships with sponsors and suppliers for project milestones and
resolution of issues.
• Conducted project implementation and coordination in Revit and ensured that all disciplines
were properly managed and maintained throughout each phase.
• Successfully completed the Solar Decathlon Project by managing and supervising a team
consisting of 12 architectural students.
• Facilitated coordination between architectural and engineer students to create a comprehensive
BIM model. Exploration in 3D and 4D simulation.
New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), Newark, NJ, US, Masters, Architecture
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, US, Bachelors, Architecture