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Nadia Janjua

“I believe nurturing your creativity is, in itself, a form of meditation, which allows an artist to simultaneously confront and part with oneself, and the worlds we create.” – Nadia Janjua

photo of Nadia Janjua Nadia Janjua, Jamaica. 2011.

Known For: Nadia Janjua is an artist, entrepreneur, and architectural designer in the Washington DC area.
Country: United States

About

Nadia Janjua is a freelance artist, architect, and entrepreneur in the Washington DC area. In addition to the work she does at her own architectural design firm, NJArtitecture, she works in a wide range of media, including photography, painting, and sketching.1

The scope of her architectural designs is diverse: Nadia’s portfolio not only includes designs for homes, but also a mosque and educational facilities.  She has also contributed her expertise to relief work as well. Shortly after the earthquake in 2005, Nadia traveled to Rawalpindi, Pakistan to help train local laborers and army workers on how to build safer housing structures to better withstand future earthquakes. After their training they were dispatched to areas in Kashmir and the North West Frontier Province to train others.2

Nadia credits her parents for playing a very supportive role in her development. As a teenager, her father gave her a book entitled, “The Art Spirit” in which “To Nadia, from Proud Parents” was inscribed. It still means the world to her to this day.3

She believes that support for art is rising up in the Muslim community as a growing number of venues and events are including components of art into their programs and artists are independently pursuing art careers.4

Nadia earned her Masters in Architecture from the New Jersey Institute of Technology and is part of Muslim Women in the Arts (MWIA), a network of Muslim women artists.

[1] Nadia Janjua, Artist and Architectural Designer: Profile.
[2] Nadia Janjua, Artist and Architectural Designer: Architecture.
[3] Introversed - Spirit of the Artist: An Interview with Nadia Janjua.
[4] Introversed - Spirit of the Artist: An Interview with Nadia Janjua.
[5] Introversed - Spirit of the Artist: An Interview with Nadia Janjua.

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