Jean Underwood

Jean Underwood

Bloomington, IL, US



Jean leads Design Mavens and is responsible for guiding its vision, growth, and goals.

She co-founded Design Mavens with a goal of advancing equity and diversity in the profession of architecture and positively impacting her local community.

Prior to DMA, Jean was a Senior Associate with BLDD Architects, Inc. and has over 20 years of experience in Illinois and Iowa with a focus on PreK-12 schools. She has a passion for improving PreK-12 educational experiences for every student, no matter their background, abilities, talents, or passions.

Jean loves to wind down outdoors with camping and gardening in the warmer months, and indoors with quilting and watching movies in the cold months.



Design Mavens Architecture, Bloomington, IL, US, Principal

Jan 2021 - current

BLDD Architects, Inc, Decatur, IL, US, Senior Associate

May 1996 - Dec 2020


University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL, US, MArch, Architecture

Aug 1990 - May 1996

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