Architecture is a means to induce awe and to provide pause, reflection, and connectivity between people, communities, nature—the built environment. Our projects achieve a cinematic quality where light is harnessed as a medium to let hidden narratives unfold and normative thresholds blur. Enchantment is found in the ordinary with the aspects of inhabitation unseen and in between. Firmly rooted in research and material innovation, the practice weaves the threads of history, culture, site-specificity to craft meaningful experiences fully embodied in physical space.
JMDS is a multi-disciplinary studio creating unique design solutions for buildings, interiors, public installations, furniture, and lighting. Click here to start a dialogue with Jordana and our team.
Jordana Maisie embraces creative practice through a wide lens with a refreshing openness. Educated as both an architect and artist, Jordana founded JMDS as a multi-disciplinary design studio based in Los Angeles and producing award-winning projects around the world.
Her background in orchestral music, photography, and film constructed a foundation for an art practice in Berlin, which bridged physical experience and digital design. The value of presence in space, as opposed to mediation through screens, is crucial to her work. A residency in Australia, her country of origin, culminated into a large-scale public installation, paving the path to studies in architecture, furniture, and lighting design. After completing graduate school, Jordana brought her unique approach to Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s renowned studio in New York.
Jordana holds a Master of Architecture, and an MFA in Lighting Design from Parsons School of Design; a BFA in photography from the Glasgow School of Art; and a Masters in Video Production & Sound Engineering from the College of Fine Arts in Sydney. She is currently an adjunct professor at Woodbury University’s School of Architecture in Los Angeles and a recipient of the Art & Australia/Credit Suisse Private Banking Contemporary Art Award.
Jordana’s work has been published in titles including FRAME, Harper’s Bazaar, The New York Times, Surface, and WWD.
Public Art Commissions
Parsons School of Design
Contra Restaurant Group
Splendour in the Grass