Jan Blackstad


University of Minnesota, College of Design Bachelor of Arts in Architecture Minor in French

Jan decided she wanted to go into Architecture at the age of ten, when assigned to draw a floor plan as part of a school math project. Jan has an extensive background in retail design, and prior to joining Wilkus Architects in April 2015, worked at both Best Buy and Advance Auto Parts’ corporate offices. She loves the collaborative nature of designing a space, as well as understanding the impact that architecture can have on the surrounding community.

Outside of architecture, Jan’s favorite creative pursuits are knitting and music. As an alumna of the U of MN Marching Band, her favorite part of a Gopher game is still the halftime show. She enjoys downhill skiing, camping, and traveling with her husband and children. A family of big sci-fi and fantasy geeks, they attend as many conventions as possible. No, she doesn't speak Klingon (yet), but just try her on Doctor Who or Harry Potter trivia.