With 29+ years of project design, project management, and creative experience at leading architecture firms in Chicago, Mr. LaJeune’s leadership combines his vast knowledge and experience in strengthening projects of quality with great attention to detail. He has developed an acute professional capability in dealing with complex design problems and technical challenges. Combining creative skills coupled with his integrated technical knowledge, Mr. LaJeune provides clients with proven solutions that are tailored and economically viable to their needs. The familiarity and focus on project excellence and constructability has been the foundation of his career both professionally and academically.
At PBC, Mr. LaJeune’s management as the Deputy of Planning & Design, oversees new and renovated projects as the Design/Construction Director of public facilities and infrastructure on behalf of the City of Chicago, Cook County and various sister agencies (CPS, CPL, 2FM, CCC, CPD, POLICE and FIRE). Projects have focused on municipal, commercial, K-12 education and the higher education market in yearly projects of over +$75Mil in construction costs. He provides continued leadership, communication, technical and decision making on design, detailed design coordination and QA/QC monitoring responsibilities over assigned architectural and engineering consultants. The executive level assessment and direction for budgeting, scheduling, scope, design evaluation, and conflict resolution has been a hallmark of his career, coupled with a strong ability to negotiate and work with a range of clients, resources, architects, designers and builders’ to complete projects of high quality on time and within budget.
For his project Design excellence through private practice, Mr. Lajeune was honored by Architecture Magazine, recognized as “Emerging Architects – that cannot wait to make their mark on the profession”. His cumulative, national project experience represent a broad spectrum from Higher Education, Institutional/Commercial, Clubhouses / Arts & Recreational, Multi-Family Residential and custom housing, Master Planning, Feasibility Studies, and Corporate Interiors; many of which have won distinguished awards. Of the long standing clients w/15+ yrs of collaboration on a multitude of projects include the Chicago Park District, Roosevelt University, Loyola University and Old St. Patrick’s Church and various local academic institutions.
With a long academic tenure of teaching design and technology, he has taught at the three major architectural institutions in Chicago as an Adjunct Assistant Professor for a combined 13+ years at the UIC School of Architecture, Illinois Institute of Technology and Archeworks design schools. Over the years, Mr. LaJeune’s active involvements and volunteerism have stretched from community-based organizations, to not-for-profit groups, student enrichment with mentoring, and other affiliated activities linked to professional practice. His year participation as a head design juror and mentor for the Richard Newhouse Design Competition for high school students, with the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF), remains one of the highlights participating as a professional each year since 1990.
Mr. LaJeune is currently on various Board of Director positions with University of IL at Chicago Alumni, Near North Montessori School, Chicago Architectural Club, Chicago Area Running Association, and an active member of the American Institute of Architects along with the Illinois Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects. He completed his studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago and holds dual BARCH degrees in Architectural Design and Engineering Structures. Kerl has had long term involvements with the Alumni Constituent Board of the College of Architecture, followed by his appointments to the UIC CAAB and subsequently to the UIAA Board of Directors (UIAA). Currently his past positions have included Chair of the U of I Operations Committee, and a decade as chair of the Board’s Awards and Recognition Committee. Through his volunteer positions and his involvement in many core programs of the UIAA and University, he brings a unique perspective on Board governance.