Principal & Director of JNKA-Florida

JNKA Principal, Susan Maish, was a student of the firm’s founding Principal, Thomas Jaeger, at the University of Illinois-Chicago School of Architecture, and joined the firm as a student intern in 1993. Susan became a permanent team member after her graduation in 1995, was promoted to Associate in 2012 and to Principal in 2021. She has been dedicated to serving faith-based communities for over 25 years and Susan’s thoughtful design, professionalism, and dedication epitomize the values and mission of JNKA. Susan works tirelessly with her clients from the initial Master Plan/Schematic Design Phase through project completion, hearing their needs and creating designs that reflect each client’s unique identity. This is seen best in the award-winning Trinity Green Trails project, an adaptive re-use conversion of a former Walgreen’s building into a new satellite contemporary worship and children’s ministry facility for Trinity Lutheran Church in Lisle. The relationships she creates with her clients and contractors continue well beyond the limits of construction. Her favorite activity away from work is volunteering at Feed My Starving Children with her family and friends.


Bachelor of Architecture with Honors
University of Illinois at Chicago


Licensed Architect – State of Illinois


Association of Licensed Architects (ALA)


St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Master Plan & Full Services Renovation, Barrington, IL

St. John Lutheran Church, Master Plan & Full Services Renovations/Additions, Springfield, IL

Main Baptist Church, Master Plan & Full Services Renovations/Additions, Aurora, IL

St. Andrew Catholic School, Playgrounds & Preschool Renovations/Additions, Chicago, IL

First Presbyterian Church, Full Services Renovations, Arlington Heights, IL

Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Master Plan & Full Services Renovation/Addition, St. Charles, IL
Wheaton Academy Master Plan & Science Wing Addition, West Chicago, IL
Trinity Green Trails, Lisle, IL
St. Edna Parish Center Addition, Arlington Heights
Redeemer Lutheran Church, Elmhurst, IL
St. Francis Xavier Parish, La Grange, IL
Grace Lutheran Church, La Grange, IL
Christ Church of Oak Brook, Oak Brook, IL
Holy Name Cathedral, Chicago, IL

Holy Name Rectory, Chicago, IL