Jana is an Assistant Professor of Architecture, tenure track, at the University of Maryland School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. She is also a licensed architect and a founding partner at Vandergoot Ezban Studio: http://vandergootezbanstudio.com/
Jana VanderGoot is interested in the intersection of architecture and landscape. Her design work and research focuses on food systems, forestry practice, and the ways in which buildings act as extensions of larger urban ecological networks.
Jana's joint project with Dr. Kelly Cook in Landscape Architecture called "Paper Streets—Takoma Park, Maryland" received funding in 2014 from a National Science Foundation award HRD1008117 and the ADVANCE Program for Inclusive Excellence. Jana is also developing a series of design research and exhibition projects that will support her upcoming book, which will be published in 2016: The exhibition called "Table in Rome: Forum as Planted Field" received a University of Maryland Creative and Performing Arts Award for and the exhibition called "Table in Rome: Altar as Locus" was supported by 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 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 earned a Washington UNBUILT Honor Award from the Washington DC AIA. She received a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Notre Dame.