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March 10, 2020
Pre K-12 Sector Leader Jennette La Quire recognized as an Influential Woman of San Diego
HED is pleased to share that San Diego Pre K-12 Sector Leader Jennette La Quire, AIA, LEED AP ID+C, has been named a 2020 Influential Woman of San Diego by the San Diego Daily Transcript.

Jennette oversees educational facility projects in HED's San Diego Office and has made a lifetime commitment to creating a positive impact for school districts, both students and faculty. She works day to day with partners in the design and construction community to create tangible change in the city and beyond.

You can read her full interview in the print issue of The San Diego Transcript, but here are a few highlights:

In the Transcript Jennette explains, "If you asked me when I was a kid what I wanted to be when I grew up, it was an architect or a teacher." Her commitment to Architecture and Design is a career that brings together Jennette's love of building design and of academia.

The commitment shows.

Known for her mentorship within HED and for generosity with her time, Jennette shares her love of learning with college students as an adjunct professor for San Diego State University's Interior Architecture program. She sees it as her job not just to tell students how to design, but to help them refine their concepts.

"I tell them I'm their bumper in the bowling alley," she grins.

In her 15 years with HED, Jennette has worked with most of the school districts in and around San Diego on facilities ranging from pre-kindergarten through grade 12, as well as with Community Colleges and Universities. The projects negotiate the evolution of education, technology, and class sizes. Many have transformed how the community interacts with a campus, and all of them have been designed with student success at the forefront. Jennette has even done several projects at her alma mater, El Capitan High School in Lakeside, including a 16,000-square-foot, $11.2 million event center.

"I've worked there longer than I went to school there," she quipped. "I just am very passionate about educational design, whether it's teaching students or working with clients," she said. "That's my biggest focus - how can we use the design to advance their worlds."