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. Mirja became a Director at the Practice in 2019.
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 played a central role in the design and delivery of 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 library and lecture theatres.
Mirja is a design-focused architect, evidenced by her leading role in developing Crome Court, a £9.5M student residence building at the UEA, which received numerous awards including a national RICS award for ‘Design through Innovation.
UEA Crome Court
This 232-bedroom student residences building forms a south-facing U-shape. Constructed in CLT to an exacting programme (brief to opening in 24 months), the project achieved BREEAM Excellent, by incorporating many carbon-reducing measures, and a vertical greenwall, to offset loss of landscape.
Ebury Place, Westminster
Ebury Place is the residential element of our mixed-use development project for Linkcity on the location of the former Ebury Bridge Centre in London’s SW1.
UEA Blackdale Student Residences
The 514 bed Blackdale student residence scheme provides an attractive new residential quarter for the University which follows a pattern of development that relates to the original campus buildings and also to the local environment.
Riverside Offices Lowestoft
A 35,000 sq ft purpose built office development which brings together shared public sector services for Suffolk County Council (SCC) and Waveney District Council (WDC).
The completed regeneration scheme combines a 62B hotel, 3-screen cinema and retail units designed in response to public consultations, significant archaeological constraints, local heritage, and enhancing the riverside public realm. Planning consent was obtained for the site in the heart of Thetford, which includes an area of Scheduled Ancient Monument.
This project for roughly 5000 new dwellings began as a ‘sustainble masterplan’ for the principal landowner, before being promoted under the Government’s EcoTown strategy, with the support of the local authority. It met all the criteria, and LSI went on to win a limited competition for the 200-unit Exemplar project.
UEA Earlham Hall
The project incorporates the restoration, alterations and repairs to the existing former stable block/coach house and potting shed within the curtilage of Earlham Hall at the University of East Anglia together with a new single storey, contemporary pavilion.
UEA Lecture Theatres
The Lecture Theatres are one of the highest occupancy spaces for students and for events such as open and applicant days and therefore have a high visibility for the student experience and attracting students to the UEA.
Work began on the East Development Masterplan in 2000. By 2008, 1300 new study bedrooms, a health centre/nursery, a piazza, and a 420-bed international school were nearly complete.
UEA Union House
The second phase of the project to refurbish the Union House building at the University of East Anglia.
Outline Planning Approval for new Dickleburgh homes
Planning approval has recently been agreed at committee stage for our small-scale, high-quality sustainable residential project at Dickleburgh, South Norfolk, designed for our client Chapel Farm Partnership.