Jennifer Janzen

Architect
Jennifer graduated from the University of Waterloo where she completed the Honours Bachelors of Environmental Studies, with co-op term, as well as the Masters of Architectural Program. She did her co-op terms at MacDonald Zuberec Ensslen Architects Inc and RHL Architects. She also worked for a year in Boston with Elks Manfredi Architects, where she assisted on the University of Waterloo renovations. During her Masters , she was the Interior Lead for a team of students and professors competing in the Solar Decathlon where she designed and built a net positive solar passive house for the Canadian climate, named “North House”. Jennifer joined the Linebox Toronto team in 2010.

Jennifer approaches all of her projects as a large puzzle, with all of its pieces waiting to be assembled; the site, client relations, governing bodies, technical, aesthetics, and budget are some of the many tinier pieces that compose a completed picture of the puzzle. Jennifer sees architecture as a fusion between all of the puzzles pieces--the final image is not readily visible, but it is produced as the project progresses and the smaller pieces are put into its individual spaces. She understands and appreciates that there are multiple different ways to solve the picture, but there is only one that best expresses and resolves the needs of every individual client. The most interesting piece of this puzzle is getting to know the clients’ and their quirks. From the quirks she tries to extract the clients’ needs, wants, and preferences.

In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys photography, travelling and spending time with family and friends at the cottage. She is a distance runner and has been sailing for 25 years. Prior to her architectural career she was the head sailing instructor at her sailing club.