Originally from wooded eastern Pennsylvania, Jay received his Bachelor of Architecture from Penn State University. Following stints in both New Orleans and Osaka, Japan, he was drawn to Chicago for the most obvious of reasons: its architecture. Jay first collaborated with SGA on several rendering assignments, among them the Starlight Theatre, while a principal at a local architectural imaging company. He joined the SGA team in 2003. Interested in exploring remote wilderness landscapes, going to Comiskey Park, and (one day) fully restoring his 40 year-old Porsche, Jay remains personally inspired by his family and professionally inspired by his SGA peers.