Women's History :: Spotlight on Dominique Jakob

By Angeline Focht, BArch Candidate

Dominique Jakob is a founder and principal of Jakob + MacFarlane; an architectural firm based in Paris, France - currently one of the most prominent firms in the country. She was born in Paris but lived in Africa, Washington, D.C., and, eventually, Paris again as a teenager. After receiving a degree in art history at the Universitie de Paris in 1990, Dominique moved on to architecture at the Ecole d’Architecture Paris-Villemin. She graduated and received her architecture degree in 1991.

Dominique met her partner, Brendan MacFarlane in Paris in 1992. The two were introduced through mutual friends. The couple created the firm Jakob + MacFarlane several years after becoming life partners.

Dominique has spent time teaching at l’Ecole Speciale d’Architecture in 1998-99 and at l’Ecole d’Architecture Paris-Villemin since 1994. In November, 2011, she and her partner, Brendan MacFarlane were awarded with Officer of the Order of the Arts and Letters by the French Republic. The purpose of the order is to recognize significant contributions to the arts, literature and the development of these fields. Recipients must have ‘significantly contributed to the enrichment of the French cultural inheritance.’