Jillian Japka is a Development Manager for The RADCO Companies, an Atlanta based real estate investment firm focused on multifamily development. At RADCO, Jillian oversees the development process from conceptual design to lease up for workforce and mixed-income housing communities across the Southeast.

Jillian

Specializing in infill development, emerging markets, and renovations, Jillian is experienced in all aspects of development, including but not limited to: building and interior design, project estimating, bidding, permitting, financial pro forma, and marketing.

Jillian also works as an editor for the popular minimalist design magazine, Minimalissimo. Her articles feature minimalist architecture around the world.

Prior to her employment at The RADCO Companies, Jillian worked in project management at US Construction in Philadelphia, PA. In this role Jillian developed several luxury town-home communities in transitioning neighborhoods. Jillian started her career as an architecture intern at Max Strang Architecture in Miami, FL. Working in architecture allowed Jillian to strengthen her design, project management, and presentation skills.

In her free time, Jillian plays roller derby for the Atlanta Rollergirls. She also loves to travel and has explored destinations around the world, including Ireland, Scotland, Japan, Costa Rica, and many U.S. cities.

Jillian received a Bachelor of Arts from Bennington College in June, 2012. She concentrated in Architecture and Philosophy. Her senior architecture project, Race Street Walkway, redeveloped an abandoned city street in Philadelphia. In 2012, the axonometric drawings for Race Street Walkway were purchased for permanent collection by the Bennington College Acquisition Committee. Jillian’s philosophy thesis, “Architecture for Art’s Sake: The Ethics of Starchitecture” explores architects’ ethical duties to their communities in the age of ‘starchitecture’. The full thesis is available in Bennington’s Crossett Library.

Jillian lives in Atlanta’s up and coming Reynoldstown neighborhood with her boyfriend and cat.