Jana is an Associate Principal and Higher Education Practice Leader for the Vancouver office of Perkins+Will. Since joining the firm, Jana has developed strong relationships with many university stakeholders and is familiar with the unique challenges of university clients. She has been involved in various projects at universities across Metro Vancouver, Vancouver Island, and Alberta. Her portfolio of work includes the Health and Science Centre at Vancouver Island University, the new Stadium and Student Union Building at Simon Fraser University, Orchard Commons mixed-use student housing project at the University of British Columbia (UBC), and the Earth Sciences Building at UBC. The Earth Sciences Building has earned several design and innovation awards including an AIA/SCUP Excellence in Architecture for a New Building award, and is one of North America’s largest panelized wood structures, raising the bar for the use of wood in large-scale, high-performance buildings. Jana is currently working with the University of Victoria on a new student housing project for the campus.
In her role as Higher Education Practice Leader, Jana is responsible for keeping up to date with current and upcoming teaching pedagogies. She is actively involved from pre-design to construction, enabling her to develop and maintain ongoing relationships with clients and creating continuity in point of contact through the life of the project and beyond.