J. Renée Major

J. Renée Major graduated from Design and Architecture Senior High (DASH) in 2008 and went on to pursue sustainability and landscape architecture degrees at the University of Florida and Louisiana State University, respectively. J. Renée then moved to Seattle and has practiced at interdisciplinary design and planning firms across a number of scales. In 2020, in response to the renewed social justice uprising and economic shifts in response to the pandemic she founded her own consultancy, Well Outside. Her practice, research and passions dive into equity issues, environmentalism, public involvement strategy, and education. She thinks about how all of these things interact in the public realm and built environments.
J. Renée has been on several Seattle commissions and committees and now serves most prominently on the Shape Our Water Design Team, Seattle’s Public Art Advisory committee, the Board of Directors for Sawhorse Revolution and the steering committee for the Trust for Public Land’s Next Gen Council. She is often a lecturer and guest critic when she isn’t working with her own students, volunteers or clients.
Outside of civic and Well Outside work J. Renee has joined Gensler’s Seattle office working on a strategy, change management and innovation project load. J. Renée has, and hopes to continue, publishing written and mixed-media works exploring inclusion, advocacy and resilience in design activism, products and spaces and guiding students in their quest for similar.