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Jefferson Poole


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From his earliest memories of architecture, Jefferson has been fascinated by the constantly changing social dimension of spaces. As a designer, he loves to see an idea evolve from an initial sketch to a tangible environment that will reach its full potential as people bend the space to their own needs. It’s this improvisation, this infusion of life, that reveals unimagined possibilities in design.

As a principal at Goody Clancy, Jefferson provides his design leadership, business development, programming, and planning expertise. He is one of the firm’s sustainability leaders and uses his technical experience to design award-winning, high-performance buildings. Jefferson is especially skilled at synthesizing and communicating clear solutions to complex design problems and instilling client and project teams with a sense of trust in the design process.

With an attention to design excellence and detail, Jefferson’s work creates spaces rich in meaning, connection, and delight. He has led the design of VCU’s Engineering Research Building, a new national model for innovation in engineering and research; William & Mary’s multi-disciplinary Integrated Science Center; and UMass Boston’s Integrated Science Complex, which serves as the new ‘front door’ to the campus.

Alongside his work, Jefferson likes traveling, sketching and finding creative inspiration in different countries and cultures. Given his interest in traditional and modern African music, he will likely argue that nothing beats Ali Farka Touré or Franco Luambo… except perhaps Orchestra Baobab.

Our work is a radically collective effort. One building passes through dozens of hands from the design team to fabricators and contractors installing components. Through the perspectives and experiences of these different makers it’s possible to trace the lineage from a raw idea to a final artifact.
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