Meet the JAJAs: Cecilie

Meet Cecilie! She is our new skilled mobility team member and brings her experience from working with sustainable urbanism and mobility planning. To get to know her better, we’ve asked her a series of questions.

How are you and what are you working on at the moment?

I’m good! I’m working on a project for Realdania concerning sustainability mobility in Denmark’s provincial towns. It’s quite an interesting geography to work with since most mobility planning projects tend to be centered around larger and more urbanized cities, where the movement towards more sustainable mobility solutions and planning practices have been ongoing for some time now.

What was it like to start at JAJA?

It’s been both great and overwhelming! I’ve been met with a friendly vibe, and I enjoy working with and learning from very skilled colleagues across all our teams. We’ve had some great and fun Friday afternoons with wine and ping pong, and it’s been great getting to know everyone a little better.

What interests you the most about working with mobility planning? 

It wasn’t exactly in the cards that I would work with mobility. Coming from architecture school, I landed an internship right after graduation, followed by a regular job, at a company focused on bicycle urbanism and the promotion of cycling as an everyday tool. I found it great to be able to communicate an inherent knowledge from growing up and moving around in Copenhagen, an experience that in years surpasses my knowledge of most other things.

Since then, I’ve stuck to the field of mobility because it intertwines so many professional fields, while also having an enormous impact on how people lead their everyday life. I like that most people I meet, including my family (who still don’t quite know what I do), share their opinion on mobility planning, no matter their background.

When you’re not at JAJA – what do you like to do?

I don’t have many traditional hobbies, as I spend most of my spare time meeting up with friends and enjoying the many cultural offers of Copenhagen, whether it’s concerts, exhibitions or eating out. I do spend a significant amount of time actively listening to music and have come to appreciate listening to coherent albums.

Passive listening also occurs, especially when I’m knitting, which I particularly enjoy because I find many of the aspects, such as developing a design, color matching, and deciding on materials, overlap with methods from both architecture and graphic design.

Favourite meal and movie on a Sunday?

I watch a lot of movies and have a yearly tradition to stay up all night and watch the Oscars. For the past two years, I’ve watched the show in Copenhagen’s largest cinema together with friends. If I were to pick a particular genre it would probably be mind-twisters or brainy sci-fi.

But on a Sunday, or when I’m sick, I’ll most likely watch something more low-key and easy to digest – Cool Runnings is an old sick day favorite. I’d probably combine it with some Italian deep plate dish – spaghetti carbonara or a nice risotto.