Marga Jann, AIA, RIBA, IBA, DPUC is a French-American architect whose work has been published in numerous international art and architecture magazines (Domus, Architectural Digest, Connaissance des Arts, Architecture Intérieure-CREE, l`Architecture d`Aujourd`hui, Progressive Architecture) and books.
After her studies at Swarthmore College, where she graduated with Honors, Marga Jann went to the Columbia Graduate School of Architecture and Planning, where she won a Kinne Fellowship for travel abroad and a Lowenfish Prize for the best terminal design project, obtaining her M.Arch. She holds a MSt in Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment (Faculties of Architecture and Engineering) from Cambridge University and was a Fulbright Senior Scholar both to South Asia and the Caribbean.
She spent two years working with Gwathmey Siegel Architects at Carnegie Hall, where she worked on several private Long Island residences and a large dormitory for Columbia University, leaving New York for Krakow and Paris on a French Govt Grant/Fulbright Fellowship. In Krakow she started the firm Poetic License (International Architecture & Design Collaborative) / PLI which she continued while a research fellow at l`ENSBA (Ecole des Beaux-Arts) in Paris. P o e t i c L I c e n s e is an interdisciplinary collaborative of architects, mixed-media artists, poets, painters, dancers, sculptors, planners, filmmakers, designers, students and construction workers, often based in academe.
Marga has lectured on her work and been a guest juror at numerous universities throughout the world and coordinated for several years the Department of Interior Architecture + Environmental Design at Parsons School of Design in Paris. More recently, she has taught design studios at l`ENPC (Ponts et Chaussées), Sciences Po`s "Cycle d`Urbanisme" (Paris), Stanford University in California, and Stanford`s Overseas Studies Program in Paris, both at the graduate and undergraduate levels. She has been a Fulbright Senior Scholar to Sri Lanka, an associate professor of architecture at Judson University (outside Chicago), an adjunct associate professor at the University of Hawaïi (D.Arch. program), and a visiting professor to Duksung University, Seoul, Korea, where she worked on live projects for the U.S. Embassy and Seoul Museum of History, as well as an eco-friendly village in Fiji with both U.H. and Duksung students. In spring 2009 she taught at the European University of Lefke, Cyprus, and more recently as associate professor at Girne American U, Cyprus and Canterbury, England; sabbatical research topics include the architecture and development of divided nations, sustainable design for climate change, and architectural education.
Marga has been a visiting fellow at Cambridge (Lucy Cavendish College), a visiting professor to Uganda Martyrs University, an associate professor at Chaminade U of Honolulu (Environmental + Interior Design), and a visiting scholar at Wolfson College/Centre of Development Studies, U Cambridge. More recently she has been (or is) an affiliate member of Cambridge's Centre of African Studies, a visiting research fellow in Urban/Cultural Sociology & Sustainable Design at Cambridge, an associate researcher at [email protected] & Cambridge's Big Data (C2D3), a visiting associate professor of architecture at the University of the Bahamas and a visiting professor at the Facultad de Arquitectura | USFX, Sucre, Bolivia. In 2017-18 she was a Fulbright Fellow to Quisqueya U, Haiti and a Fulbright Regional Travel Grantee to Barbados and Jamaica. She has recently served as Professor and Chair of the Dept of Architectural Engineering at the American University of Kurdistan in tandem with her ongoing research at Cambridge, working on refugee shelter and related projects in IDP camps with her students; currently she is a visiting professor at Budapest University of Technology & Economics.
Her clients have included the International Council of Museums at UNESCO, for which she worked on museum projects in Kuwait and Cairo, the United States Embassy and Ambassador in Paris and Moscow, the US Consulate in Krakow, and the New York State Department of Education. Her work includes numerous schools, hotels, cafés, private residences, interiors, social housing projects, French competition winners, office buildings, and charitable projects in the developing world, often done in the context of academe where they serve as models for social entrepreneurship. Her international background has facilitated her working in cultures as diverse as Nigeria, Russia, and Mexico. She also comes from a background in dance, cinema, and painting, which lends Poetic License some of its unique character.
Collaborators have included: ARK, Kathleen Blain, Stacie Burtelson, Kurt Bertram, James Cassidy, Michelle Chang, Alex Duquella, Martin Fischer, Donna Hartman, Jean-Mary Honnet, Jeff Jordan, Philip Jordan, Mario Jossa, Pål Kavli, Matt KIdd/StudioIMPACT, Michael Krijnen, Chris Leighton/Positive Environments, Eeshani Mahesan, Roland Mala, Jonathan Manson, David Nieh, Jean-Robert Philippe-Auguste, Stephen Platt, Sherin Sameh, Don Shaw, Agnès Taponier, and many students and unsung heroes in and out of academe.
(photos above: Josh Lofton High School + Charles Settlement House, Rochester, New York; converted factories)
Swarthmore College (Honors), Columbia University, École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts UP6 (Paris), University of Cambridge