With a 30-year career that coincides with the advent of digital information and new modes of research and learning—more interactive and less reliant on physical materials—Principal Janette S. Blackburn, has charged her clients, peers, and industry to rethink the academic library. This work and her long-standing devotion to the evolution of design has earned Janette a place with the AIA 2019 Class of Fellows, and we couldn’t be more elated to celebrate.
We invite you to join us and learn more about Janette and her illustrious career rethinking academic libraries to create new paradigms and transform college campuses everywhere.
Setting strategy: Rethinking academic libraries
Focused on the values of the institution and the potential of the library, Janette creates aspirational buildings that are both groundbreaking and nimble, compelling stakeholders and designers to ask: What could be? With a deep perspective, Janette leads clients and design teams to advance their vision for tomorrow’s campus, providing context around the role of the academic library—past, present, and future—to keep it relevant for generations to come.
As a library designer and enthusiast for 30 years, Janette has become a renowned expert of the academic library strategic space plan—helping institutions create a spatial and programmatic road map that embraces the evolution of architecture to build a plan that ties current and future experiences and activities to campus strategy and culture.