Jennifer Evans Yankopolus

Word Collaborative

Jennifer has been correcting my English for, like, 10 years! She fixes my essays, but it still sounds like me—only better. —Tucker Viemeister, industrial design innovation and president of Viemeister Industries

  • Are you a visual thinker who can’t quite get your words to match your vision?
  • Are you a busy design professional who needs a roadmap to keep you from being overwhelmed
  • Do need a coach to guide you through the process of writing your first architecture or design book?
  • Does your design organization need the expertise of an editor who specializes in design?
  • Do you need guidance on how to self-publish your architecture or design book?
  • Do you like to collaborate?

If you said yes to any of the above, let’s talk about how I can help your writing project succeed. Contact me at  

For over 20 years I have provided practical insight, tailored coaching, and focused editing to architecture and design professionals, educators, firms, associations, and nonprofits.

Projects include:

  • book manuscripts (traditionally published and self-published)
  • technical reports
  • translating academic work for a mainstream audience
  • professional articles
  • book proposals
  • award programs
  • newsletters and magazines
  • blog posts
  • websites
  • design guidelines
  • museum exhibitions
  • policy and procedure manuals
  • employee handbooks
  • workshop materials
  • writing and style guidelines
  • academic tenure statements
  • presentations and webinars to staff on grammar and writing topics

Subjects include:

  • architecture
  • architectural history
  • industrial design
  • landscape architecture
  • sustainability
  • garden history
  • historic preservation
  • cultural landscapes

Whether you are a first-time author, non-native English speaker, busy professional, or organization, I approach every project as a concierge, learning your goals and crafting a plan to help you achieve them. I help you see your work from different angles to reveal hidden possibilities so that when released into the world, your ideas and voice will resonate more strongly. Fostering a supportive author-editor collaboration is central to my style.

I have a master’s in architectural history from Georgia Tech,  a master’s in historical preservation from Georgia State University, and a professional certificate in copyediting from the University of California, San Diego.


article: Working with Jennifer is awesome because she doesn’t slash and burn my drafts based on word count needs—instead taking the extra care and time to align with what I am trying to say. Together, we’re the Lennon and McCartney of article writing. —Scott Henderson, IDSA, Principle, Scott Henderson Inc.

book proposal: Your work with me has been clarifying. I feel that I’ll now be delivering the best of what I have to offer to a wider public, while still sticking to my professional historical standards. I was worried about a lot of things a few months ago. Most of those have cleared up, and I know I’m presenting a good, strong picture of my work. —Historian at a liberal arts college

coaching & technical editing: I worked with Jennifer for over five years on a book I recently published. I don’t think of her as an editor; I think of her as a writing coach. She asks the right questions to help you flush out your ideas. We formed such a great working relationship that she now reviews all my architecture firm’s written reports for clients. She is currently working on our quality assurance plan, where she is not just editing the documents; she is helping the team organize their thoughts for clarity and focus. —Suzanne Sowinski, President and Director of Sustainable Buildings, Sowinski Sullivan Architects

developmental editing/coaching: “I want to thank you for everything you have done to help us get our manuscript in shape to submit to the publisher. I knew you could make a difference in the quality of our manuscript, I just didn’t realize how much. From a personal standpoint, I can tell how much better I am as a writer for having worked with you over the past two years. You are a joy to work with…your patience, clarity of thought, ability to work skillfully with strong personalities, ability to zero in on the weakest parts of my chapters, suggestions that always made the text stronger, your encouraging words, your gentle ways and delightful personality. All of these and more made this experience so very positive. I really can’t thank you enough.”
—Mary Ann Eaddy, Author of Seeking Eden: A Collection of Georgia’s Historic Gardens (University of Georgia Press)

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Atlanta, GA


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Years in the field: 21
Years freelancing: 16


Jennifer Yankopolus