“I remember visiting Vancouver for the first time in 2012,” Jessica recalls, “and starting to dream of moving here.” Before her dream came true, the Indonesian-born MBA would first spend several years in the US, pursuing her studies in Boise, Idaho before moving to Los Angeles, and finally to Vancouver. Jessica is currently in her second year of the MASc Building Science program at BCIT; her concentration in Building Acoustics brought her to BAP on a practicum basis near the end of 2020.
Jessica found BAP Acoustics through “surfing the internet for best acoustics consultant in town.” Impressed with the company profile and broad range of projects, she decided to get in touch.
With a Bachelor’s degree in Architectural Engineering already under her belt, Jessica applied to the BCIT program, motivated by her interest in green wall design and anticipating specialization in that area. “However, I was wrong,” she reflects, crediting her professor—and I daresay mentor—Dr. Maureen Connelly with the “acoustic genius” that inspired her to rethink career goals.
“Professor Maureen introduced me to the acoustic world,” Jessica says. “She’s often asked to speak at conferences, and she often brought me as a guest. Her presentations always fascinated me.”
These experiences also brought the about realization that acoustic careers could be fun. “I love calculation and modelling,” Jessica says. “I love site visits. This work just seems to meet all my interests. I’m never counting hours until the workday ends, and I think that’s a really good sign!”
Many of us pursue careers far from our “what do you want to be when you grow up” childhood dreams. Not so for Jessica. “I wanted to be an architect,” she says. “I really loved to draw, and even my toys were a good hint. I played with LEGO to create my ‘imaginary house’ and dollhouses too… I really got into organizing the contents of each room.”
“My mom put up a gigantic canvas and taped papers on the wall for me to draw my ideas. I also remember weekend trips to my grandpa’s house… those were the best! He’s an architect. He’d let me sit next to him and draw on his huge drafting table.”
When asked what she enjoys about working with BAP Acoustics, Jessica speaks highly of principals Mark and Eric, as well as fellow team members Denny and Giorgio.
“All of them are very patient and generous with the time they spend training and helping me,” she says. Jessica believes that the people we work with largely determine our level of happiness on the job, while also appreciating how the company’s wide variety of projects allow her skills to continually grow.
As a long-time transplant from the prairies, I never tire of hearing newcomers share their appreciation of West Coast living and all it has to offer. Jessica’s take on Greater Vancouver was no exception:
In addition to the sheer wonder of the “beach and mountain in the same day” potential that many experience, Jessica also appreciates our well-organized infrastructures, especially public transportation. “One of my favourite things to do is just ride Sky Train and take in the city views,” she says.
Jessica finds Vancouver “very diverse” in ways such as the availability of “many delicious foods”, including Indonesian cuisine ingredients she was unable to find in the US. “I really like the ambience, the architecture and, the people here,” she adds.