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We take pride in having a business that clients and colleagues respect because we do the right thing.  Having highly skilled and motivated staff that share our values and ethos is fundamental to gaining this respect and we recognise that it is our staff who are able to deliver the quality design and committed service that we believe our clients should expect.
Our People Mirja Mainwaring

Mirja Mainwaring


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.

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