Jennifer Meakins received her Master of Architecture from the University of Illinois (UIC), Chicago, where she won the AIA Henry Adams Medal Award, and a Bachelor of Arts in Geography and Environmental Studies from Colgate University. Her professional experience ranges from exhibit and environments designer of Words as Weapons at Cannon Design, LA for the Museum of Tolerance, to exhibition and furniture design at Associates Associates, Chicago, and assistant to the curatorial team at the Art Institute of Chicago for Building: Inside Studio Gang. She is principle and Designer of QLT Studio focused on surface and textile design, object design and construction. Her work, including full-scale textile and weaving installations were shown at the Octagon Gallery at UIC, Sullivan Galleries (with Ania Jaworska) at the Art Institute of Chicago, and at the Graham Foundation. She has lectured and led symposia on Weaving, Textiles, and Craft at Woodbury University, the Free School of Architecture, and at the UIC School of Architecture and is Co-Editor and Designer of aX, Architecture Chicago, funded by the Graham Foundation. Jennifer Meakins taught Architecture and Interior Design studios at Cal Poly Pomona, UCLA, Woodbury University, and at the UIC in Chicago. She joins the College of Architecture and Environmental Design at Kent State as the 4th Schidlowski Emerging Faculty Fellow.