Janelle Black


Building Systems Lead

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A passion for sustainability led Janelle Black to pursue a Master of Architecture degree after returning from a post-college year in Korea teaching English. In addition to small metalwork and jewelry making on the side, Janelle had a variety of work experiences before joining QKA in 2008, including planning work for a civil engineer and developer, working on a cob house construction crew, and performing construction administration duties for a new co-housing community.

A licensed architect since 2012, Janelle is currently the lead designer for a new Performing Arts Center at Sonoma Academy (Santa Rosa, Calif.), as well as the Milpitas Innovation Campus, a new campus that will expand the services offered at Milpitas Unified School District.

In addition to her position as Senior Project Architect, she also serves as QKA’s Building Systems Lead. In this important role, Janelle manages the detail library and reference standards, as well as oversees any projects utilizing Folia, a QKA-developed pre-fabricated classroom building. Janelle has played an integral role in bringing this classroom building solution that dramatically reduces design, permitting and construction time on projects to market.

Outside of the office, Janelle fuels her interest in sustainability through personal projects such as the installation of two graywater systems and a rainwater storage system at her home in Santa Rosa, Calif., and enjoys constructing metal art out of recycled materials, such as old bicycles and other scrap metal.


Master of Architecture | University of Oregon | Eugene, OR

Bachelor of Arts, English | North Park University | Chicago, IL


Architect License: C33681

Favorite Things

Taco trucks
Science fiction
Making jam

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