Architectural planning, programming, and design firm CO Architects (Los Angeles) has promoted Jennifer “Jenna” Knudsen to managing principal. She is the youngest architect and first woman to hold the position at the 35-year-old firm.

Knudsen began at CO Architects in 1998 as a project designer and was instrumental in its early adoption of BIM technology and collaborative project delivery models. She succeeds Scott Kelsey who served as managing principal for 15 years.

She was one of the founders and continues to co-lead of the Women of CO (WoCO) initiative that champions the professional development and leadership of the firm’s female employees. She has also served as a past chairperson of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Los Angeles Chapter’s Women in Architecture group.