Dieter Janssen established DJA after completing a Masters of Architecture from Princeton University (1999) and a Bachelor of Architecture with honors from the University of Toronto, Faculty of Architecture, Landscape & Design (1996). He gained professional experience working for Smith-Miller + Hawkinson Architects, Guy Nordenson and Associates Structural Engineers, Baird Sampson Neuert Architects, Kongats Architects and ALSOP Architects (Will Alsop) before launching an independent practice in 2008.
DJA is an architectural practice with extensive cross-disciplinary experience. Working with a variety of media and a spectrum of talents (from design development through completion), a broad range of projects have been realized from private residences, offices, schools, university facilities, transit infrastructure, and museums as well as furniture, lighting and book design.
Additionally, he has taught in the architecture programs at the University of Toronto, Waterloo University, Ryerson University, L'Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), and Yale University.
His work in architecture, furniture, lighting and photography has been exhibited or published in Wallpaper*, ArchDaily, Canadian Architect, Dezeen, afasia, Contemporist, The New York Times Magazine, designboom, Henry Urbach Architecture Gallery, P|M Gallery, Convenience Gallery, and the MoMA's permanent collection (in collaboration with Alex Schweder). Currently, his art-based works are represented by Flying Rooster Contemporary Projects in Montréal, Canada.
Dieter Janssen is the director of DJA, a Member of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and a registered Architect with the Ontario Association of Architects.