Jill Cartagena

Jill Cartagena, AIA

After spending half a dozen years driving by the Centerbrook offices with her son attending elementary school across the street, Jill was in the right place at the right time for an opportunity to join the firm.

A native of nearby Old Saybrook, and after moving away to study and practice architecture in locals ranging from Washington, D.C. to Washington State, Jill returned home to Connecticut in the early 2000s. She joined Centerbrook in 2019.

In high school, architecture was not a clear-cut direction for Jill. She had an affinity for drawing and painting, and envisioned a career in the fine arts. After attaining a degree in graphic design from the University of Connecticut, she landed a job drafting for an environmental consultant in Arizona. It was there that the architectural seed was planted.

Jill went back to school and earned a three-year master’s degree in architecture from the University of New Mexico. During the two summers while in the UNM program, she interned with the National Park Service documenting roads and bridges in Yellowstone and in Washington D.C. More than a dozen of her team’s bridge drawings currently reside in the Library of Congress.

With an architecture degree in hand, Jill went from the Southwest to the Northwest, and spent two years in Seattle before returning to Connecticut to be with family. She worked at Point One Architects for more than a decade before striking out on her own for a period. Prior to joining Centerbrook, Jill spent three years as a facility designer at General Dynamics Electric Boat in New London.

Outside of the office, Jill and her family are immersed in soccer culture as both fans and players. She previously coached her son’s youth team and has played in adult recreation leagues, where she met her husband. They all enjoy watching and attending professional and international matches.

Jill (last name pronounced Cart-ah-hey-nah) resides in Ivoryton with her husband, Victor, their son, two cats and a dog.