Member Profile: Jay W. Janda, AIA
I’ve always treated architecture as a logical process – one that involves applying rational thought and solutions to an intricate collection of conflicting requirements. Buildings are, after all, fairly permanent parts of our environment and their design and construction deserves our complete attention. I’m fascinated by the ways different pieces come together to make the completed building, and I find myself focusing on the smaller details as I walk through finished projects.
I started my architectural career in 2005 in San Diego with a M.Arch. from University of Oregon. My experience ranged from multifamily projects during the condo boom of 2005-2007, to industrial, commercial, and military facilities more recently. I relocated to Oakland in 2013, looking for a renewed focus on multi-family mixed-use architecture, and found Oakland and other East Bay cities full of opportunity. The whole Bay Area region is experiencing tremendous growth, and needs careful atten-tion to the needs of individual neighborhoods so that new developments fit in with its context, give respect to who and what is already here, and look forward to the future.
To help this process I am a strong proponent of maximizing digital technology for building design and development. I began using Autodesk Revit in 2005, and have since pushed its boundaries as a 3D mod-eling and BIM tool. My goal with digital design is to maximize the knowledge of a building’s components prior to construction, and I find Revit to be one tool of many available to me. To more fully exploit BIM development, I have expanded my digital tools to include Navisworks, working through complete build-ing coordination, and Solidworks, developing intricate detailing for use in modular manufacturing.
My recent efforts with architecture and technology have been with Nautilus Group and Nemo Building Systems, working to develop a modular building system for use in Bay Area and California developments. While modular building is a well-known process at this point, I find it an exciting opportunity to develop and test designs quickly and see real improvements in the building systems. I hope that, with the help of digital technology and manufacturing processes, modular buildings can be successful parts our built environment.■