Sydney alumnus makes career at top architecture studio
Some things only ask some people, and for Jamileh Jahangiri, it’s architecture. After studying architecture in Iran, Jmileh moved to Australia to pursue a Masters in Architecture here at the University of Sydney to further his knowledge of Australian architecture. Since graduating in 2016, Jamileh is now the Principal Architect at Cox Architecture, overseeing the âdesign and construction of some of Sydney’s most exciting public and community buildingsâ.
âIt’s amazing to be part of a studio that has such a big impact on public architecture in Sydney and Australia,â says Jamileh.
Creativity, collaboration and passion are key elements that Jamileh incorporates throughout his work. âMy day-to-day job is to help directors complete projects, connect with the client and ensure their needs are considered while working with students and graduates,â she explains.
A visit to the University’s architectural graduation exhibition was what sparked the call when deciding on her postgraduate study options – she was inspired by the way design and the technology was reflected in the students’ projects and wanted to try it out for itself. During her studies, Jamileh was exposed to the “broader interdisciplinary conversation through exhibitions, design studios, lectures and guest speakers”, which allowed her to have an authentic and holistic learning approach to architectural design.
âThe memory that I often remember is that of the lectures on the theory of architecture of [Professor] Chris L. Smith and how he personalized the architectural philosophy and had a beautiful journey through a personal perspective and connecting it to architecture, âsaid Jamileh,â I wish I had recorded the lectures! “.
Asked about the advice to future students to improve their employability in architectural space, her answer was simple but essential for this role. âCommunication is essential for us as architects no matter what career level we find ourselves in. Good communication leads to trust and trust leads to opportunity â
“I encourage students and graduates to communicate more effectively during their time at university and their ability as a member of the graduates team.”
Defender of the community value of architecture beyond the technical aspects, Jamileh feels a strong obligation to our citizens and always seeks ways to foster cultural and social values ââin his designs. Go to “a place where you learn and explore the role architecture plays in our culture and feel a strong desire for holistic design,” says Jamileh, “so that you can strive to make responsible decisions that are ecologically, culturally. and socially sustainable. For Jamileh, continuing to think about ways to improve the value of architecture to the community is just as important as the design and construction.
These words ring true to Jamileh’s own actions, she is passionate about giving back to the community – especially emerging architects. She is a member of the Emerging Architects and Graduates Network (EmAGN) and the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) Community Group. These platforms help give graduates the opportunity to work on large and small scale projects that promote gender inclusion and sustainability.
Reflecting on her time at the School of Architecture, Design and Urbanism, Jamileh is able to use the knowledge and opportunities she acquired then as an architect and today an activist.
âSince graduating, I have used the powerful and important skills that we have learned and explored during college time in different ways, from my involvement as an architect in projects across town or through the through advocacy and my involvement with AIA and EmAGN in general. “