Jennifer MacIsaac

Jennifer MacIsaac

Ventura, CA, US



I am an Architect and Project Manager.  For the past 4.5 years I have shifted my career focus to construction project management and have had varied experiences as an Owner's Representative, Program Manager and Construction Manager.  I have spent 32 years in the field, first with a design / technical focus and more recently with a construction / management / Q.C. focus.  I have worked on a variety of project types from large transit / infrastructure / sports /education projects to smaller multi-family, retail and residential projects.


Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), Los Angeles, CA, US, Design Manager

Supervise architectural/engineering team interface with the District during the 100% CD and bid phases of a $130,000.00 comprehensive modernization of an existing high school. Project included a new gymnasium building, new classroom building, renovated historic classroom/administrative building and renovated site amenities. Duties include quality control review of construction documents, review and processing of architectural extra services and interface with District departments including Project Execution, School Administration and M & O.

Supervise architectural/engineering team interface with the District during the 100% CD and bid phases of a $42,000.00 addition of a two story classroom building with food service facility to an existing elementary school campus. Project also included renovated site amenities such as a courtyard with amphitheatre seating and a demonstration garden. Duties include quality control review of construction documents, review and processing of architectural extra services and interface with District departments including Project Execution, School Administration and M & O.

Aug 2021 - current

Pacifica Services / Fillmore School District, Fillmore, CA, US, Owner's Representative / Construction Manager

Managed construction of two, 9,000 sq. ft. career technical education buildings on the Fillmore High School Campus. Performed quality control review of construction documents and proactively addressed potential issues in advance of construction. Reviewed change orders and managed project budget. Monitored schedule using contractor’s monthly baseline schedule updates. Verified lab of record invoices. Ran weekly project meetings and kept Owner up to date on project developments. The project opened for District use in September, 2021.

Interfaced with district procurement manager and shop equipment manufacturers to ensure that the welding, automotive and woodworking heavy equipment chosen for the program fits the program needs and that proper infrastructure is in place in the buildings to operate the equipment. Prevented change orders and schedule delays by directing this process early in construction.

Apr 2020 - Jul 2021

Kupiec Architects, Santa Barbara, CA, Project Architect

Created construction drawing details for renovation of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, a historic structure. Detailing included museum-related features such as the lighting of artwork and the unique aspects of incorporating modern code requirements into a historic structure. Worked extensively in Revit. Produced large and complex amendments to the design.

Apr 2020 - Jul 2021

CFW, Inc., Oxnard, CA, Program Manager

Owner’s Representative for reconstruction of Elm Elementary School and Lemonwood Elementary/Middle School. Both new campuses consist of 4 buildings and approximately 45,000 s.f. of new construction per campus. Attended weekly construction meetings with the Contractor, Architect and Owner. Decision-maker, in conjunction with the District, concerning construction issues affecting the project. Promoted the District’s interests when challenged by the Contractor, Design Team and DSA Field Inspector.

Managed the placement of 4 new modular kindergarten buildings at 4 different school sites. Worked diligently with the contractor to meet the District’s schedule requirements for the structures.

Negotiated approximately $3 million dollars of change orders with General Contractors. Achieved significant savings to the district through enforcement of Owner’s contractual protections.

Worked with soils hygienist to test, profile and dispose of contaminated soils to DTSC standards.

Formulated RFP/ RFQs for architects and other contractors. Led pre-bid meetings, issued addendum and participated in interview process.

Aug 2017 - Mar 2020

Steinberg Architects, Los Angeles, CA, US, Architectural Project Manager

Project Manager in charge of Schematic Design phase for a new, 112,000 s.f. dormitory and cafeteria building for the University of La Verne. Duties include producing and monitoring the project schedule and the project work plan. Coordinated with design-build contractor to produce project GMP.

Jul 2016 - Nov 2016

HNTB, Los Angeles, CA, US, Architectural Project Manager

Client liaison and designer of space plan for LA Metro Gateway Building. Plan enables efficient and organized growth of 1,500 employee facility over the next 3 to 5 years. Innovative methods of accommodating growth at this impacted facility were utilized, such as storage conversion and space standard efficiencies. Metro is very satisfied with the results and has requested a phasing plan for implementation. (4/2015 – 9/2015)

Executive Architect’s Project Manager for the 6th Street Viaduct Replacement Project. Project duties included directing design interface within the project team, managing technical production, personnel, budget and schedule for the Schematic Design through Construction Document Phase of a $140 million dollar viaduct replacement project. (11/2013- 6/2016)

Field Level Team Leader for construction document preparation, 49ers Santa Clara Stadium. Mentored team members in design and construction methodologies. Interacted with design-build contractor and project consultants to coordinate technical aspects of stadium design. Stadium opened August, 2014. (11/2011 – 3/2012).

Project manager for schematic design of 5 LAX / Crenshaw Line light rail stations. Applied complex and transit-oriented criteria to project design and directed the efforts of a large and unusually varied design team. (4/2012 – 9/2014), (4/2016 – 7/2016)

Site-based construction administration team member for renovation of the Tom Bradley terminal at LAX. Reviewed and provided comments on shop drawing submittals, answered RFIs and reviewed construction progress in the field. (5/2014 - 3/2015)

Nov 2011 - Jul 2016

PBWS Architects, Pasadena, CA, US, Architectural Project Manager

Architect’s representative during construction of a new, 17,000 s.f. Child Development Center LA Harbor College. Project attained LEED Gold Certification. Propelled project to success with unflagging 20 month commitment to the Owner’s interests and to the construction team.

Spearheaded production of a Final Project Proposal to the State of California for funding of the renovation of a 65,000 s.f. culinary school for a local community college. Project was accepted for priority state funding.

In charge of various projects at Los Angeles Trade Technical College including the interior renovation of 2-65,000 square foot classroom buildings and a temporary library facility.

Feb 2007 - Jul 2010

Onyx Architects, Pasadena, CA, US, Architectural Project Manager

Architectural team member for the design and construction of De Neve Plaza: a six-building dormitory complex, configured around a central courtyard, at UCLA. The scope of the project also included a restaurant-style cafeteria, auditorium, fitness center and lecture hall. Participated in development of design concept and construction documents, in coordination with project consultants, through schematic design, design development and construction documents phases. (1/1997 – 3/1999)

Project team member, schematic design and construction document preparation for a new fellowship hall / preschool building for the Community Baptist Church of Manhattan Beach

Oct 1995 - Apr 2002


University of Washington, Master of Architecture

One year of graduate study in Architecture.

Sep 1985 - Jun 1986

University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC), Environmental Design

Bachelor of Arts Degree

Sep 1979 - Jun 1983


LEED AP, Award


Registered Architect, State of California, Award


Areas of Specialization