James D. Jordan, Principal, AIA, ALA, LEED-AP

For nearly 20 years, James Jordan has transformed building interiors and office environments throughout Chicagoland, creating dynamic, thoughtful, client-focused designs. Loyal employees and a roster of return clients are testimony to Jim’s uncompromising work ethic and commitment to excellence.

He formed JDJ Architects in 2000, specializing in commercial interior architecture. His previous position introduced him to commercial interiors, where he discovered his passion for the fast-paced work, mathematical calculations and the hands-on construction details.

Jim holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago and is a licensed architect in Illinois. A member of the AIA and ALA, he is a LEED-accredited professional, a registered energy professional in the City of Chicago, and is a Chicago self-certified architect.

Wilma Rendon, Business Development

Wilma Rendon’s career in architecture spans eighteen years. It began in Quito, Ecuador where she worked as an associate designer for DIPLAN, a prominent architecture firm in Ecuador. Ms. Rendon taught at two major Ecuadorian universities.

In 1994, she moved to Chicago and served as a project manager for Morgante Wilson Architects (MWA). In 1996, Wilma created and led the MWA marketing department, working with industry leaders to successfully promote the growth and national recognition of the firm.

Since 2000 in conjunction with her life partner James Jordan, she has contributed to the creation and development of JDJ Architects. Wilma believes in a holistic design approach in which teamwork is the foundation for an all-inclusive project solution. 

Alena Jewell, Project Management

Alena Jewell is passionate about sustainable design, involved in Biomimicry Chicago, and loves the idea that buildings can mimic nature--a naturally perfect system. Outside of the office, she serves as the treasurer for the University of Florida Windy City Gators college scholarship program, is a marathoner for PAWS - supporting no-kill shelters and was previously a green event organizer and logo designer for AIA Chicago Committee on the Environment.

Originally from South Florida, Alena has called Chicago her home since 2006. She graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Design in Interior Design and a minor in Cultural Anthropology. She earned her Master of Architecture degree with a focus on graphic design from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. Alena has experience in a wide variety of project types from inception to completion, and is skilled at developing brands and building client relations. 

Karisa Vargas, Project Management

Karisa knows that thoughtful design represents the spirit of the client and captures the essence of the space. Her designs are characterized by elegant clean lines and a sophisticated style that emphasizes new construction techniques and innovative sustainable materials. 

Her passion for architecture began more than 10 years ago when she first volunteered with Habitat for Humanity in the Dominican Republic. After working in residential design for several years in Santo Domingo, she moved to the U.S. to further her education. She's been involved in commercial design projects since 2012. Karisa holds a Master of Interior Architecture degree from the Art institute of Chicago and a Professional Degree in Architecture from the Iberoamerican University in the Dominican Republic.