Jennifer Kinnunen



Jennifer is an Intern Architect with the OAA, earning her Master of Architecture from Dalhousie University in 2017. Under the supervision of Susan Fitzgerald, Jennifer wrote her thesis, “Casa Deposito: empowering informal building culture in Rio de Janeiro,” on autoconstruction and infrastructure projects in Brazilian favelas.

Before joining the team Jennifer co-founded Eat & Meet Bus, a refugee integration program that combines work and food to set the table for social integration in Paris, France. She has also practiced in the offices of Jorge Mario Jáuregui Arquitectos and Biome Environmental Solutions Pvt. Ltd and completed straw bale and composite-cork workshops, at The Deanery Project and Universidade Técnica de Lisboa respectively.

Jennifer’s global spirit and background in medical sciences has taken her around the world studying the cultural relationship between health and the built environment. Excited to be back in her hometown, Jennifer is an active member of the Young Architects of Hamilton and can be found spending her free time enjoying city parks and squares with her dog Odin.

Favourite Architect: Alvar Aalto, for his use and juxtaposition of different materials, and Tadao Ando for his evocative minialismism.

Favourite Hamilton Building: Custom House, 51 Stuart Street, because it celebrates the craft and culture of Hamilton’s working-class history.

Favourite Building: Naiku Ise-jingu Shrine, because it embodies commitment to tradition, sustainable renewal and reveals the deep beauty of passing time.

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Workers Arts and Heritage Centre, Custom House, Frederick J. Rastrick and F.P. Rubridge, 1858-1860

Architecture and architectural freedom are above all a social issue that must be seen from inside a political structure, not from outside it.” - Lina Bo Bardi