Eleena Jamil is the principal of Eleena Jamil Architect (EJA) – an architectural practice based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Eleena studied at the Welsh School for Architecture in Cardiff University, United Kingdom and subsequently completed her MPhil degree focussing on urban housing and PhD degree with a thesis titled ‘Rethinking Modernism: the Sugden House and the Mother’s House’ with Professor Dean Hawkes.
EJA was set up in 2005 and has since been growing steadily with an expanding portfolio of work that has won international accolades and has been exhibited in numerous countries. The ‘Millennium School Project’, a bamboo classroom prototype in the Philippines, was featured in the ‘Design for the Other 90%: Cities’ (2011) exhibition at the Cooper Hewitt Museum, New York and was shortlisted at the World Architecture Festival 2010 in Barcelona. The practice has also been awarded first prizes and shortlisted in numerous international competitions such as the ‘Flood Resistant Housing’ organized by RIBA (2008) and ‘Moving Schools’ (2011) and ‘HOME: Elderly Housing’ (2013), both organized by Building Trust International. In June 2013, Eleena was invited to present her work at the ‘SMART CITY: THE NEXT GENERATION: Focus Southeast Asia’ symposium in Berlin organized jointly by Aedes, ANCB: The Metropolitan Laboratory and the Goethe Institute. In 2014, EJA has been invited by the Dutch-based Global Art Affairs Foundation to participate in the TIME-SPACE-EXISTENCE exhibition which is a collateral event of the Venice Biennale 2014 and her Bamboo Playhouse project has been shortlisted at the World Architecture Festival in Singapore.