Mirja oversees LSI Architects' work in the Higher Education sector, with her experience including delivery of over 2,550 new student residences within five schemes and a variety of new and refurbished academic buildings.
LSI Architects has completed numerous design projects for universities, from significant new build projects to minor works infill and refurbishment schemes.
We seek to provide low energy use buildings that can significantly reduce running costs, but still deliver the quality design that clients require in what is a highly competitive market.
The built environment makes a pivotal contribution to the student experience and we understand that well designed buildings and environments can form a key competitive advantage for a University.
Responsible design and environmental sustainability is also a key consideration in the higher education sector and therefore we seek to express this in our projects, an approach which has led to the practice achieving numerous design awards for our work.
The majority of our project experience in the higher education sector comes through LSI Architects’ engagement with UEA on a broad range of significant masterplanning, architectural and interior design projects to develop the campus since 2000.
Our work has comprised of design and delivery of over 2,550 new student residences within five schemes and a variety of new and refurbished academic buildings, laboratories; major refurbishments of the library, lecture theatres and student union.
Most recently, LSI Architects achieved planning permission for the UEA for a c. £65 million new academic facility as the most significant new build project the UEA have undertaken since the original Lasdun campus buildings.
Our team is also highly skilled at undertaking stakeholder engagement with key stakeholder groups including facilities managers, academic staff, support staff, student groups, relatives and the wider community.
We understand that as Architects we need to engage and motivate stakeholders to ‘open up’ and describe their ambitions for a project, and encourage others to talk freely about their understanding of project opportunities.
We use a range of techniques to explore and present our ideas throughout the design process to help us receive better feedback and the end product is a building or space that better meets the needs of the end users.