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Jessie LaFree

Indiana born and raised, Jessie graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. During her time at Ball State Jessie took part in the PolyArk World Tour, traveling around the world on an Architecture and design-focused trip over the course of four months. She was also a German exchange student, living with a family in Munich. 

After receiving her undergraduate degree she immediately relocated to Chicago to attend The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she received her Masters of Architecture. As a graduate student, she exhibited work in several Chicago exhibitions as well as a solo show in Varanasi, India. 

Following her studies, Jessie worked at the School of the Art Institute assisting the technology department and working with the Provost of Technology. When she decided it was time to start her pursuit of licensure, she joined the venerable Chicago-based firm of Tigerman McCurry Architects where she both managed the day-to-day of their office and assisted in small-scale institutional and residential design. She enthusiastically joined Mike Shively Architecture in 2017. 

Outside of the office, Jessie is an avid boxer, runner and biker, recently completing a sub-4:00 Chicago Marathon and winning her division of the Chicago Golden Gloves tournament. She bikes to work, just not in the winter. The rest of her time and money is spent on travel and she has visited over 50 countries. Her favorites depend on when you ask her but usually include India, Cambodia, Iceland, New Zealand and Germany.

Jessie currently lives in Avondale where she is frequently bullied by her two cats, Bruce Wayne and Alfred the Butler.