“One of the biggest mistakes that architects make is that they tend to deal with problems that only interest other architects. The biggest challenge is to engage with the important non-architectural issues—poverty, pollution, congestion, segregation—and apply our specific knowledge.” – Alejandro Aravena
Jordanna grew up in Savannah, GA where she attended SCAD for her BA in Architecture and received her Masters in Architecture from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
During her 2016 Study abroad term in Ghana she helped design and construct building quarters for the Midwives in Have Etoe, a small area in the Volta region of Ghana. Teams from Georgia Institute of Technology and Peter Behrens School of Arts developed a design project in support of the Have Health Clinic in Ghana. The Midwives Quarters Have provide housing for midwives and international aid workers to enable their work at the Health Clinic in Have. Working with the NGO Meeting Bismarck, the community of Have, the Have Technical School and the department for Health of the Volta region, the project aims to revive vernacular construction techniques such as bamboo through digital design methodology and craftsmanship.
A desire to design architecture that addresses social issues and mends social injustices is one of the main priorities that Jordanna persues while contributing the inspiration and vision of KZ Architecture.