Speaker Profile: Jacob Werner

Jacob Werner
Associate Vice President

“I love designing labs. A lab is a creative place of discovery, where the world’s smartest people push the envelope of human understanding. Mastery of lab design means not being overwhelmed by pipes and wires. Organization and inventiveness are key to overcoming functional constraints. A well designed lab is a beautiful, inspiring place.”

Jacob specializes in laboratory planning and design. Detail oriented, Jacob wades into a project’s functional, regulatory, and engineering requirements, turning these into opportunities to craft an inspiring workplace. 

As Project Architect, Jacob is heavily involved in all aspects of design, from lab planning, to detailing, engineering, and construction administration. With Wilson HGA, Jacob is currently overseeing the University of Delaware Building X project, a 120,000sf interdisciplinary laboratory. Previously, Jacob led the UMass Physical Sciences Building project, a 95,000sf chemistry and physics research laboratory. With Payette, Jacob contributed to several award-winning projects, including the UMass Integrated Science Building and the College of Natural Science Greenhouses.

A sustainable design leader, Jacob focuses on energy efficiency for laboratories. He oversees Wilson HGA's AIA 2030 Commitment and LEED processes. Jacob is a Certified Passivehouse Consultant.

An active member of the USGBC, ILFI, and I2SL, Jacob is a strong advocate for sustainable design. He has spoken extensively, at Tradeline, LabDesign Conference, I2SL, Estech, and BuildBoston. In 2016, Jacob co-wrote an article for the Journal of the National Institute of Building Sciences: “Energy Modeling for Energy Intensive Buildings". 

A natural teacher, Jacob mentors young designers both within and outside the firm. He has taught at the Boston Architectural College. Jacob has received multiple academic fellowships, including Cornell's Robert James Eidlitz Fellowship and the Boston Architectural College's EdCO Grant.