Melana Janzen OAA RAIC MArch BES

Melana Janzen is registered with the Ontario Association of Architects. Previous to her work with McMinn + Janzen Studio, she was involved with several Toronto architectural practices including Moriyama and Teshima Architects, architects Alliance and Philip Beesley Architect Inc. In practice she focuses on smaller scale residential, institutional and commercial projects as well as community advocacy initiatives in both urban and rural environments, focusing on the potential of fabricated environments as an enhancement of cultural life in the city. Intrinsic to this belief is a commitment to the responsible deployment of available resources in the short and long term. Work in other architectural practices has involved large scale institutional, residential and commercial projects in Toronto, including Regent Park’s Block 14 (LEED Silver), the Aga Khan Museum and Ismaili Centre, and Four Seasons Hotel. Melana holds a Master’s of Architecture degree (2004) and a Bachelor of Environmental Studies degree (1999) from the University of Waterloo and was the recipient of the OAA Guild Medal, RAIC Roll of Honour and graduation Commendation for her Master’s thesis. She writes periodically on topics in Canadian architecture for Canadian Architect magazine with a focus on environmental design, and public advocacy in the architectural profession. Outside of practice Melana is drawn toward neighbourhood building for both the benefit of the city and future of her two small children.