Collective work and responsibility.

JIMA Studio leverages landscape architecture and urban planning to help various communities envision and build upon their futures.

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JIMA (jee-mah) Studio is a landscape architectural design and urban planning studio that collaborates with community groups, organizations and builders committed to culturally relevant placemaking and strategic implementation. We centralize participatory design methods to provide full site design and planning services, from idea to implementation.

JIMA stems from the Kwanzaa principle Ujima (ooh-jee-mah), which means “collective work and responsibility.” It is the ethos of this studio to work collaboratively with other changemakers and use design as a vehicle toward accountability in placemaking, placekeeping, and land stewardship.

What we do

Empowering partners to transform communities in forward-thinking ways

We provide high-quality design and implementable solutions that empower our partners, collaborators, and clients to enhance or transform their communities in a collective and forward-thinking way. We offer design services that elevate the needs of those who will be impacted the most, while leveraging both a cultural and environmental sensitivity that is required for longevity, relevance, and resilience.
We integrate community engagement and participation in all our design and planning processes as a foundational source for co-creation and development. Ranging from one-on-one interviews to large-scale public engagement forums, we sustain a “Listen first, Listen often” culture that keeps our projects grounded and reflected within the values of the communities we serve.
We contribute to the design profession through critical thought essays and assessments, and toolkit development that reflect on lessons learned from our projects as well as other trends and methods of design and practice. Our goal is to contribute to design literature and the menu of best practices in a way that helps other change makers approach similar projects and challenges with tact.
Who We Are

A woman-owned and Black-owned studio based in the City of Detroit

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Ujijji Davis Williams

Ujijji Davis Williams is a practicing landscape architect, urban planner and researcher based in Detroit. She is the recipient of the 2020 Michigan ASLA Emerging Professional of the Year Award, and the recipient of the 2019 National ASLA Bradford Williams Medal of Excellence for her design literature. She is the Founding Partner of JIMA Studio. Prior to JIMA, Ujijji served as Associate at SmithGroup for over six years, leading critical landscape and urban design work, including neighborhood planning, greenways and streetscapes in Detroit and other post-industrial cities across the country. Ujijji serves as Adjunct Professor at the University of Detroit-Mercy School of Architecture.


Landscape Architect — Michigan #3901001710


Taubman College of Architecture and Planning, University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI, Graduated 2017

Master of Urban Planning, Rackham Merit Fellow
Graduate Service to the Community Award

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cornell University
Ithaca, NY, Graduated 2012

Bachelor of Science of Landscape Architecture, Cornell Tradition Fellow