Meet the JAJAs: Get to know our new interns

We would like to welcome our new interns at JAJA! Meet Beatrice (USA), Nicolai (Denmark), Isabella (Greece/Sweden), and Zofia (Poland).

To get to know them better, we’ve asked them a series of questions

Beatrice Lum

Where are you from, and how did you hear about JAJA? 

I’m from the U.S., and I heard about JAJA through my school! There is a program that connects students to architecture firms from across the world. I saw JAJA’s work and instantly knew I wanted to apply.

How did you get into architecture? 

I can’t say for sure, but I remember from a young age being interested in architecture and design in general. While getting my bachelor’s degree (not in architecture) I studied abroad in Tokyo and took a design course. This course and a great professor cinched my decision to pursue architecture. Five years later here I am!

What project are you working on right now? 

Currently, I am working on an initial site analysis for a bus stop proposal. Jaja with Movia is looking at how the addition of a new tram line will impact the user experience for existing bus lines. We are trying to find ways to make the bus stops more enjoyable for the riders.

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

I have only been in Copenhagen for about two weeks, so I’ve been having a lot of fun exploring on the weekends. I have really enjoyed going to the city’s museums and walking around different neighbourhoods.

Favourite meal and movie on a Sunday?

I’m no cook, so my favourite meal would best case scenario be something someone else made. Recently I’ve been watching a lot of action movies and trying to catch up on popular ones I haven’t seen. Maybe this weekend I’ll try and watch John Wick!

Nicolai Frandsen

Where are you from, and how did you hear about JAJA?

I’m from the Copenhagen greater area. My school hosted a “Career Day” event where many private or public companies participated, trying to sound appealing in the search for new interns. Here, I met a member of the JAJA team who got me interested.

How did you get into architecture?

Quite random… In 3rd year of high school, we had an elective about the basics of design and construction. The test involved us building 1:1 sections of a roof construction. I found both the building and design parts interesting, which led me to choose Architectural Technology and Construction Management. This got me further interested in architecture.

What project are you working on right now?

Right now, I’m working on KHA (Kirke Hyllinge Activity Center), an expansion to a preexisting sports and activity centre. Here, I have multiple assignments such as railings, wooden podiums, and more.

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

Bubble baths and pillow fights. Jokes aside, I really enjoy working with computers, taking them apart and building new ones. My computer at home I built myself, but it’s a really expensive hobby so I don’t get to do it as often as I would like.

Favourite meal and movie on a Sunday?

Pizza Bolognese with an ice-cold can of Faxe Kondi, and I love the movie Battleship. I think I have watched it six times.

 

Isabella Tachliampouri

Where are you from, and how did you hear about JAJA? 

I come from a background that is a blend of Swedish and Greek heritage, having grown up in Greece. I found out about JAJA through social media channels. Appealed by their architectural work, I decided to apply for an internship.

How did you get into architecture? 

I got into architecture by a blend of creativity, a love for design, and a drive to influence the world around me through the built environment. In my early high school years, I was interested in art, mathematics, and problem-solving which has led me towards working with architecture.

What project are you working on right now? 

I’m working on the ongoing project, ‘Kalvebod Brygge’. The project involves a thorough examination of the existing conditions in the area and we’re exploring diverse solutions aimed at potentially reducing the prominence of the main road. Within this proposal, a thorough investigation is conducted to identify opportunities for forging new connections between the harbour and the city, consequently opening fresh avenues for development.

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

Outside of my time at JAJA, I like to explore Copenhagen. I really appreciate spending quality time with friends, whether it’s through shared meals, outings, or simply catching up. One of my favourite activities is going to the gym – It helps me hold a balance between work and personal life.

Favourite meal and movie on a Sunday?

During a lazy Sunday, my preferred meal involves ordering sushi— which unfortunately is beyond my DIY skills. When it comes to the ideal Sunday movie, I would probably binge-watch the three ‘Taken’ films.

Zofia Ganzarczyk

Where are you from, and how did you hear about JAJA? 

I’m from Poland, Warsaw. I found out about JAJA quite recently while looking for an internship in Copenhagen. I was surprised by how many of JAJA’s designs I had seen and admired before I knew about the office.

How did you get into architecture? 

As a child, I loved to draw and create something out of nothing. But I never thought about studying architecture. That changed in high school when I started attending drawing classes, where I got to know the architectural community. Their way of looking at life and design got me into architecture.

What project are you working on right now? 

I’m working on a multi-purpose activity centre in Kirke Hyllinge. Currently working in my favourite design phase, that is, creating visualizations and final collages.

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

I love music, so when I get home from work, I can’t stop singing and dancing. I recently bought a bicycle, and I’m already looking forward to exploring Copenhagen and all the music bars.

Favourite meal and movie on a Sunday?

Definitely homemade sushi paired with either a Romantic drama or a Crime thriller. Nothing in between.