Senior Advisor, Boston Office
Practice Area Leader
As design partner, campus planner and urban designer at U3, Janne brings creativity design and integrated thinking to the complex campus and urban challenges.
Janne’s campus and urban design practice works with cities, universities and developers on placemaking, master plans and development strategy. Her broad range of experience working with public, institutional, community, and private clients strengthens her ability to navigate the cultural differences between universities, cities, and private stakeholders. As U3’s “in house” urban design and campus planning expert, she has brought many of its anchor-driven strategies to life. As the leader of U3’s Urban Design & Campus Planning practice area, Janne creates development strategies that unlock institutional demand and latent real estate value, incorporate high degrees of participation from partner entities, create sensitive neighborhood-facing interventions, and craft a discerning urban design approach that marries a dynamic user and visitor experience with market opportunities.
As a principal at Sasaki Associates for 10 years, Janne was the design lead on master plans for UC Berkeley, the University of Texas at Austin, Portland State University, and Downtown Rochester, Minnesota to name a few. Her background combines several years of urban design and architectural experience, both in the U.S. and abroad. Her broad range of experience working with public, institutional, community, and private clients strengthens her ability to navigate the cultural differences between universities, cities, and private stakeholders.
Janne has a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Toronto, and a Master of Urban Design in Architecture from Harvard University, where she graduated with Distinction and received the Druker Traveling Fellowship to pursue her research on network economies in Italy and Taiwan. Janne speaks frequently and teaches on the topics of the changing roles of institutions in cities. After serving as vice-chair for five years, Janne remains active in the University Development and Innovation Council at the Urban Land Institute.