Jess Thorning

Jess received both her Bachelor and Master degrees in Landscape Architecture from Rutgers University. In her five years at Rutgers, Jess participated in studio work both on campus and abroad, including a travel prize award in Xi’an, China, and an internship at the Emschergenossenschaft in Essen, Germany. Jess also received two merit awards from the New Jersey Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects as a student.

Jess’ passion for landscape architecture stems from her interest in horticulture, which has become entangled with the role of “making”, fabrication, and digital design within landscape architecture. Jess’ thesis, Making Design, offers an approach to design through “making,” which she believes can create a studio culture that enables designers to bring their own skills, histories, and interests into their design. Since joining Hess, Jess has worked on visualizing design through 3D modeling and rendering, construction documentation, and curating planting designs.

Jess joined Hess Landscape Architects in June 2021.