Jessica Jamroz, a founding principal of Modern Operations, is an award-winning, multi-disciplinary design practitioner focused on bridging the relationships of Architecture with Master Planning, Urban Design, Experimental Media, Landscape and Sculpture.
Ms. Jamroz has been working professionally in the fields of Architecture and Planning since 1998. In 2004, she joined Frederic Schwartz Architects after winning the international competition for the State of New Jersey’s September 11th Memorial, a design she co-authored with Frederic Schwartz. For the following decade, Ms. Jamroz imagined and drove the vision behind most of Schwartz Architects' high-profile, politically challenging public (and private) projects often involving numerous constituent groups: government agencys, consultants, owner representatives and the general public – work that influences thousands and millions of lives. Her work has been recognized by more than 25 American and International Awards of Excellence in the fields of Architecture, Engineering, Planning, Construction, the Arts, and Religion.
In 2016, Ms. Jamroz partnered with Rich Cherry in the formation of Modern Operations LLC—a specialized Owner’s Representation firm focused on managing design excellence, fabrication, and construction techniques within museum operations.
Ms. Jamroz’s work includes the design and construction of Empty Sky: New Jersey’s September 11th Memorial, Liberty State Park located directly across the Hudson River from Ground Zero; she was the Director of the New Orleans office set up immediately after Hurricane Katrina where she managed and coordinated dozens of consultants and thousands of residents in the work of the Unified New Orleans Plan―a recovery and rebuilding plan for 9,200 acres and 43% of the post-Katrina population; the design and construction of The Rising: Westchester County September 11th Memorial in White Plains, NY; and most recently directed a 47-person THINK team in the conceptual Master Planning for a two million person sustainable City of Steel in Jamshedpur, India for the Tata Steel family.
From 2011 - 2017 Ms. Jamroz, a board member, spearheaded the administration and preservation work behind the Ramirez Solar House 501(c)(3), a nonprofit organization working to restore and educate the public on the house—one of the earliest US solar houses in extant. The house, nestled within the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, is owned by the National Park Service and became a Center of Sustainability discussing pioneering ideas of solar technology in residential design.