Jillian D’Amato NCIDQ, IIDA

Jillian’s goal is to create welcoming, innovative spaces that inspire a reaction. She loves the current trend of natural, organic materials — a return to nature in a world so heavily influenced by plastics and technology.

Working on projects ranging from restaurants/cafes and institutional public spaces to corporate and multifamily interiors, Jillian relishes ground-up challenges as well as renovations that transform old, forgotten or overlooked spaces into places that inspire anew. Jillian stays involved with her alma mater, The New England School of Art & Design, as a guest critic and thesis mentor. She also founded RUNFELLOW, a community-based running apparel company, and sits on the board of directors for Somerville Local First, helping to develop a vibrant community and sustainable local economy.

  • I grew up  in the suburbs outside of Buffalo, NY, and have been living in Boston/Somerville since 2005.

  • My education  BFA, The New England School of Art & Design at Suffolk University, Boston & Madrid

  • Why PCA?  PCA feels like home. The people are kind and eccentric and bring so much life to the office. It's comforting to work with people who truly care about you, your goals and the perspective you bring to the firm.

  • A project I’m proud of is  The Revolution Hotel; I poured my heart, soul and literal tears into that project. I'm proud of the product, the collaborations and lessons learned along the way.

  • A space/place that has affected me  The Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau in Barcelona. It's a campus of around 20 Art Nouveau-style hospital buildings that have since been converted into museums and medical offices. What great lengths the architects, designers and builders went to to create a space for healing and rest that is also beautiful.

  • I’m concerned about  how much we're producing, consuming and throwing away. Salvaging and repurposing should be as much a priority as building sustainably.

  • On Saturday mornings, you can usually find me  sitting on my front porch, under the blowing ferns, drinking coffee, listening to Bossa Nova and reading a food magazine dreaming up what to cook for dinner.

  • Ballpoint or felt tip?  Felt tip is quick, sketchy and juicy. It allows the ideas to flow quickly and loosely.

  • On my playlist  Leon Bridges, Lake Street Dive, Father John Misty, Daughter, Beach House, Sylvan Esso, João Gilberto, Fleetwood Mac, Miles Davis

  • Favorite book  Salt Fat Acid Heat, by Samin Nosrat; it's a modern day food bible. I love the science and research behind it and the illustrations are wonderful.