The Auckland-born-and-bred entrepreneur studied film, TV and English ‘of all things’ before starting her first career in insurance - something that’s ‘rather boring but important to have!’ in her books.
“I’ve always had a love of art and design... but my true love of architecture came to me when I was a bit older and travelled to New York for an art exhibition I was doing over there,” Janelle remembers being taken by Frank Lloyd Wright’s vision in the Guggenheim, art deco ‘in its finest form’ in the Chrysler, and gothic architecture in the streets of Manhattan.
“Architecture is so much bigger than you. It’s hard to explain how a building can evoke such feelings inside you. When I see an amazing architectural structure, I think - another human designed this, and thought about the surrounding area and how people would experience it"
“How do they know the impact their designs and buildings will have on others? It’s foresight, it’s creativity. I’m in awe of these people. Buildings make a place what it is.”
Janelle’s admiration for passionate, driven and creative people is the backstory, inspiration and foundation of Teulo; born from a belief in the power of education, connection and of course - architecture.
“In 2007 I met this awesome Irish/Kiwi called Jon Thompson. He was the founder and CEO of Productspec and meeting him set me on the path of being actively involved in the tech sector of the building and construction industry,” she reflects.