Mirja joined LSI in 2012, after 8 years with Mbla Architects & Urbanists, where her experience was mainly in the residential sector, working on a number of projects in the Greater Manchester area, for both private developers and registered social landlords.
At LSI she has worked on mixed use and residential masterplanning projects, including a competition winning design for an exemplar eco-community with 200 houses in Rackheath, a £5M commercial regeneration development of Thetford town centre and a £13M town centre scheme with mixed residential, leisure and retail uses in Colchester. She has also been involved in a number of education and residential projects at the University of East Anglia, including the successful planning application for a £60M student residences project, of which the first phase was delivered in August 2016, as well as the refurbishment of parts of the UEA central library and the central lecture theatres.
Mirja is a design-focused architect, evidenced by her leading role in developing a £9.5M student residence building at the UEA, which received a national RICS award for ‘Design through Innovation’ in 2015. Mirja, furthermore, currently combines her project roles with her position as a studio manager.