With over 35 years of design and management experience, Jill Lerner has led the design of numerous award-winning academic and institutional research facilities projects for public and private clients throughout the United States. As a Principal at Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, she is responsible for all aspects of project management and design, and is the primary client contact during all phases—from initial programming and conceptual design through construction and project close-out.
Academic facilities projects completed under Ms. Lerner’s direction include the Chapman Graduate School of Business at Florida International University, Huntsman Hall at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business, and a new multi-use facility for New York University’s School of Law. Of note, she oversaw the KPF design teams responsible for the new Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, and the Newman Vertical Campus mixed-use academic complex at City University of New York’s Baruch College.
Ms. Lerner’s research and institutional work includes the new Advanced Science Research Center at the City University of New York’s City College; a science research center at the Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas; and the expansion of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, ranked as the number one children’s hospital in the United States by U.S. News and World Report.
Ms. Lerner has also led master planning efforts for several academic and research facilities, including the University of Chicago’s Graduate School of Business, the Walter B. Ford College for Creative Studies, and the Semel Institute and Center for Health Sciences at the University of California-Los Angeles.
Ms. Lerner currently serves as Chair of the Urban Green Council Board of Directors. She recently completed her term as President of the New York Chapter of American Institute of Architects (AIA). A Registered Architect in several states, she also served on the board of the Center for Architecture Foundation.
Ms. Lerner was recently the only Architect on the Cornell University Board of Trustees (2004-2009), where she was active on the Building and Properties Committee. She is past Chair of the University’s College of Architecture, Art and Planning Alumni Advisory Council and is an active member of the President’s Council of Cornell Women. Ms. Lerner also taught Professional Practice to architecture students in Cornell’s NYC program.
Ms. Lerner was a contributor and co-editor of Construction in Cities: Social, Environmental, Political, and Economic Concerns, published by CRC Press in 2001. She is a frequent lecturer at conferences of the Society of College and University Planners (SCUP), including the “Business Schools: Setting the Pace” presentation in 1999 and she spoke at the Asia-Pacific Association for International Education (APAIE) in 2011. In 2001 she co-chaired the Memorial Process Committee after 9/11 for New York New Visions.