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Jean Dufresne

Jean Dufresne

Principal and Co-Founder , SPACE Architects + Planners

A proud Quebecois, Jean is a co-founder SPACE Architects + Planners with Jay Keller, in October of 2003.

The Firm has now grown to an incredibly talented team of 18, working on a variety of projects from single family homes, multi-unit developments and award-winning restaurants.

Jean has been involved with the AIA, at both the local and national level for over a decade.  He was chair of the Small Practitioners Group of AIA Chicago.  During his time with the group, he established a working group with the City of Chicago Building Commissioner.

On a National level, Jean was a founding member of the Small Firm Exchange - SFx.  He was also a member and chair of the Small Project Practitioners Knowledge Community.  He helped develop the AIA Kinetic App, started the SPP Pop-Up competition, and help kick start the SPP Review.

Jean has a long list of things to accomplish before he kicks the bucket.  A book entitled, “How to Architect”, opening a pie shop named after his two nieces, starting a clothing line, another book on the impact of the LGBTQ community on architecture, a dinner club project and travelling to the Lofoten Islands.

 

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