Jenna Wu


Jenna is motivated by science-driven design that improves public health. As a New York City native with asthma, she loved visiting National Parks with her family during her childhood because it was noticeably easier to breathe. She pursued clean air all the way to Colorado College in the Rockies, where she majored in Organismal Biology and Ecology and performed field-based research on Maasai boma design in the context of Tanzania’s acacia woodlands. She then completed her MLA at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, focusing on the study, representation, and design of mobile microscopic systems in toxic landscapes. Her thesis focused on the fracturing and removal of concrete from New York’s Riverside Park, pinpointing areas of overly concentrated silica compound leaching and salinization. Jenna brings project-based experiences working on the Overton Park Master Plan in Memphis, Tennessee with Design Workshop and on institutional projects with Symbiotic Innovations Partnership and Ground, Inc. in the US and Haiti. A designer at Reed Hilderbrand since 2022, she contributes to a mix of institutional and residential projects. Outside of work, Jenna loves to rock climb and play music.