Jenine Kotob, AIA

Project Architect,
Hord Coplan Macht, Inc.

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Hord Coplan Macht, Inc.


Jenine Kotob is a project architect with over ten years of experience in education projects. She serves as Hord Coplan Macht's in house school safety and security specialist and is recognized nationally for her work on the issue. In 2020, she was named the inaugural “Citizen Architect of the Month,” by the American Institute of Architects (AIA). Her expertise has been featured in The Washington Post, The New York Times, Slate Magazine, Education Week and Metropolis Magazine, among others. She has spoken at numerous conferences including the 2019 National League of Cities Conference, the 2019 United States Conference of Mayors, and the 2018 AIA Virginia Arch Exchange East Conference. Her advocacy efforts at AIA’s Grassroots 2019 aided to influence government policy, specifically passing a bill that allows schools to use federal grants to design safer schools. Jenine has also contributed to national guidelines on safety preparedness for schools through the Association for Learning Environments (A4LE) and served as a juror for AIA Committee on Architecture for Education’s (CAE) National Education Facility Design Awards. She is currently a board member with the AIA|DC CAE and treasurer for her local neighborhood committee in Alexandria, Virginia.


Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
Master of Science in Architecture, 2013
Aga Khan Program
Dissertation: Re-conceptualizing Schools in Conflict Zones
Advisor: James Wescoat

Virginia Tech University
Blacksburg, Virginia, United States
Bachelor of Architecture, 2010


  • Learning Environments, K-12 Schools, Early Childhood Development, Humanitarian Design, Social Impact Work, Participatory Design