Jana Vandergoot is interested in the intersection of architecture and landscape. Her work and research focuses on food systems, forestry practice, and the ways in which buildings act as extensions of larger urban ecological networks. Jana was the recipient of the 2010 Institute of Classical Architecture and Art Rieger Graham Prize at the American Academy in Rome, where she conducted research on ancient and modern food systems and their role in the formation of public space, culture, and architecture in the urban context of Rome.
Jana is an Assistant Professor of Architecture, tenure track, at the University of Maryland School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. She has taught architecture at the University of Virginia and in 2012 was the Director of the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture Summer Design Institute.
Jana holds a Master of Landscape Architecture degree from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. She also holds a Master of Architecture from the University of Virginia, where her thesis work on urban food foraging practices as a catalyst for public spaces in city of Charlottesville earned a Washington UNBUILT Honor Award from the Washington DC AIA. She received a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Notre Dame. Jana is a licensed architect and a founding partner at Vandergoot Ezban Studio.