Get to Know: Shannon Elliott

November 17, 2019

Shannon Elliott, AIA, NCARB, joined JAI in 2017.


What is your role at JAI?

Project architect.


What three words best describe you?

Meticulous, resilient and compassionate.


What is your favorite aspect of being on the JAI team?

We truly care about and are involved in our community in many ways. Not only do we as a firm create positive change through design, but we also individually participate in diverse organizations and groups. I love being part of a team of engaged citizens!


What three words best describe the culture at JAI?

Collaborative, hardworking and fun.


What has been your proudest moment to date working at JAI?

I am grateful to have been part of the master planning process for KCDC’s redevelopment plan for Austin Homes. I enjoyed the community participation process and look forward to working on the next phase.


What or who is your go-to source for work inspiration?

I enjoy looking for new skills or tools I can implement into my workflow. My two recent favorite sites to explore for inspiration are and


If you could switch places for a day with a JAI team member, which would you choose?

I would switch places with our interior designers, Kelly Reynolds and Rebecca Ware. They have amazing creativity and a unique vision they bring to every project, and it would be fun to have those talents and skills for a day.


Before joining JAI, what was the most challenging job you held?

I was a manager at a bakery for a couple years. It was the most challenging job I have ever had because we started our shift between midnight and 3 a.m., and it was physically demanding. The best part was looking at all the bread we had created with our hands at the end of the shift. I enjoyed the immediate completion of the creative process. It can take a couple years for someone to enjoy a building you worked on, but only a few hours for someone to enjoy something you baked. It is my back-up plan if this whole architecture thing doesn’t work out!


What do you look most forward to at the end of a workday?

Spending time with my family and working in my vegetable garden.


If you were stranded alone on an island, what three material possessions would you hope to have with you?

My books, my seed collection and my shovel. I’d plant a garden and never leave!


What is your favorite place in the world?

The boulder field on Spruce Knob in West Virginia.


What are you currently watching or reading?

I am catching up on the first three seasons of “Mr. Robot,” and I am reading a book written by my very talented friend, Jessica Wilkerson: To Live Here, You Have to Fight: How Women Led Appalachian Movements for Social Justice.