Jean Pelle was born in South Korea in 1976. The daughter of a professional sculptor, she spent her time drawing and painting and often assisted in her fathers studio. She earned her Bachelor of Art in Architecture from UC Berkeley in 1999, and worked for several years at EHDD Architecture in San Francisco. She then went on to earn her Master of Architecture from Yale University in 2005. Upon graduation, she worked for her professors at the renowned Manhattan architecture firm Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects. In 2008, Jean left to establish her own studio to pursue a career that combined her lifelong passion of design and making.