For most architects, carving out a career like the one Jens has would be accomplishment enough: Jens has a nationwide reputation for developing new healthcare delivery models, operational concepts, clinical care models and the facilities to support them. He was instrumental in developing a new graduate healthcare architecture program (one of the few in the U.S.) at the University of Detroit Mercy, and is a frequent lecturer, author and juror. Yet Jens also takes to heart his role as a mentor. "I love sharing my experiences in ways that empower young architects and engineers with the self-confidence to find their own paths," he remarks. "(Our work) provides myriad opportunities for exploration and personal advancement. I had those opportunities; now I'm paying them forward." Careers aren't the only thing Jens likes to grow. He tends a collection of orchids—a passion he inherited from his father—and an heirloom apple orchard in northwest Michigan.