Jana Foit

Architect AIBC, LEED AP
Principal, Higher Education, Vancouver

Born in Czechoslovakia and immigrating to Canada at age six, Jana has always had a passion for art and design. Inheriting a love of drawing from her engineer father, she loved to sketch floor plans of imagined homes and create stories around the people who might live there.

Today, she is passionate about storytelling on behalf of some of the country’s most influential post-secondary institutions. Within the changing landscape of higher education, Jana believes that stories contribute to a campus’s identity, culture, and reputation—and she gets most excited working with clients to bring those narratives to life through architecture.

Jana’s greatest source of inspiration is found through working with people—collaborating with true experts in their fields, feeding inspiration through the design process, and building a shared excitement that ignites creativity and innovation.

“We are not the experts in our clients’ businesses; they are the experts. We have to make sure our design solutions create spaces that allow them to thrive in what they do.”
Rendering of UVic student housing project.
University of Victoria—Student Housing and Dining Facility
Targeting Passive House certification, this new facility will support a vibrant, compact, and walkable campus.
UBC Earth Sciences Building during construction showing mass timber structure
UBC Earth Sciences Building
The academic wing of the building uses wood as the primary structural material, providing a welcoming environment while sequestering approximately 1,005 tonnes of CO2.
Mass Timber Ambassador

Seeing first-hand the benefits of mass timber construction, Jana has been an advocate since working on the award-winning Earth Sciences Building (ESB) project at the University of British Columbia (UBC). North America’s largest panelised wood structure at the time of its construction, ESB uses a combination of solid, cross-laminated wood and wood-concrete composite panels and raises the bar for the use of wood in large-scale, high-performance projects.

University of Brotish Columbia Earth Science Building
UBC Earth Sciences Building
A leading example of large-scale mass timber construction, ESB earned LEED Gold certification.
Jana facilitating a workshop at the University of Calgary.

Jana's Featured Work

Work
University of British Columbia Orchard Commons
Vancouver, British Columbia