Melana Janzen OAA RAIC MArch BES

Melana Janzen is an Architect, registered with the Ontario Association of Architects. She is involved with institutional, residential, and commercial projects as well as community advocacy initiatives, focusing on the potential of the built environment as an enhancement of social and cultural life in the city. Her projects have included the design of urban and rural houses, public spaces and infrastructure, churches and cultural facilities and commercial buildings. Prior to partnership at M J | architecture, she was involved with several Toronto architectural practices including Moriyama and Teshima Architects, architects Alliance and Philip Beesley Architect Inc. Work in these practices focused on 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 Masters degree in Architecture (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 Masters 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 children.