Joelle Jefcoat, FAIA, Esq.
Early in her architectural career, Joelle Jefcoat recognized that emerging technologies would permanently alter the way buildings are designed, documented, and constructed. Joelle was determined to ensure that architects would, despite the forces of change, remain vitally important to, and legally protected in, the design and construction process. She decided to become an attorney—not to leave the profession of architecture, but to lead it. According to The Jefferson Society, Inc., there are only 88 AIA members in the United States who are also attorneys. Of that small group, Joelle may be the only “Jeffersonian” who has over a decade of project experience in today’s era of digital practice.
As an architect and attorney, Joelle is “bilingual”—fluent in the languages of architecture and law. She translates risk management challenges into practical insight that can be fully understood by architects, owners, contractors, and even other attorneys. She applies her firsthand experience delivering complex projects via BIM and through alternative delivery processes where it is needed most, counseling the Institute and its members on the AIA Risk Management Committee. She is uniquely positioned to lead architects navigating changes within the profession now and in the future driven by technological innovations and evolving practice methods.