Originally from Canada, Jane completed her Part 3 at Cambridge after studying architecture at the University of Waterloo in Canada, where her end-of-degree study focussed on ‘Play’, public space and the urban event. Her native landscapes and structures were rural and agricultural: her studies and work have allowed her to experience living in the cities of Barcelona, Toronto, Vancouver, Rome and Montreal before moving to London, UK. She spent time assisting with architectural recording at the UNESCO World Heritage archaeological site of the Odeon Theatre in Carthage, Tunisia.
As an architect, she holds a fundamental conviction in the social and psychological implications of good design at all scales in our built environment. Her approach to architecture and construction is influenced by an abiding interest in materials, and she has worked in painting, silversmithing and glass. Her personal interests include languages and anthropology; she enjoys creative and contextual thinking, and the synthesis of multi-disciplinary ideas.
In her professional practice, Jane worked in London for 5 years from 1994 to 1999 for a number of practices including Azman Owens Architects, Apicella Associates and GML Architects. Her portfolio of experience there included exhibition and retail design, internal fit-out at the Oxo Tower, warehouse developments and large-scale residential conversion. Since 1999, she has been co-director at Kirkham Sheidow in Suffolk, where she approaches each project with her knowledge that even the smallest can be a celebration of architecture, the everyday and ordinary.