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JAM Architects is a Melbourne based studio offering Architecture, Interior Design, Master Planning and Urban Design services.
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'We deliver innovative solutions that are contextually resolved, commercially grounded and environmentally conscious.'
JAM Architects is a Melbourne based studio offering Architecture, Interior Design, Master Planning and Urban Design services. We deliver innovative solutions that are contextually resolved, commercially grounded and environmentally conscious. Established in 1998, JAM Architects is a current generation practice. The Directors, Chris Manton, Kathryn Alexander and Associate Directors Stephen Lightbody and Cameron Fry lead a team of high qualified and experienced Architects and Interior Designers. This combined experience offers JAM a high standard of professional expertise in both a practical and creative sense. We pride ourselves on being a design studio capable of delivering innovative solutions that respect the physical, regulatory and commercial pre-requisites presented with any new project.
Chris Manton Director B Arch (Hons) 1991 RMIT, Assoc Dip Architectural Technology 1988 RMIT, Member AIA, Registered Architect ARBV Chris is a founding Director of JAM Architects, established in 1998. JAM has a strong base of corporate and private clients and is responsible for several significant projects within Australia including the redevelopment of the Finger Wharf (Woolloomooloo) retail and hospitality precinct, The Smith & Co redevelopment in Smith Street, Collingwood and the currently under construction East Brunswick Village in Brunswick. Other significant projects include the award winning Tivoli Road Residence in South Yarra and Coventry Place Residence winning the 2009 AIA John George Knight award for Heritage Architecture and the 2010 Port Philip Design and Development Award Heritage Development. Chris has worked and travelled extensively throughout Europe, America and Asia, completing projects in the USA and Asia. Within the local arena of Melbourne, Chris has gained extensive experience with the Planning and Regulatory processes of local government and VCAT. He has successfully presented numerous VCAT applications as an Expert witness, and is well-versed in the complexities of the legal, planning and architectural processes. Kathryn Alexander Director BA Interior Design 1989 RMIT, GradDip Interior Design (Restoration and Conservation) 1994, Member D.I.A. With more than 20 years experience as a professional Interior Designer, Kathryn’s project experience encompasses private commissions, residential projects, corporate fit-outs, commercial & hospitality projects and public works commissions. In her capacity as Director of Interior Design, she shares a thorough knowledge of the the design process, from deciphering the complexities of a Clients’ brief through to design, administration and project management. This methodical approach is coupled with her sensitivity to our Clients’ aspirations and expectations, commercial realities and overall context. Kathryn is a Member of the Design Institute of Australia and actively contributes to the design sector in offering career experience to future and imminent graduates. Stephen Lightbody Associate Director Bachelor of Architecture RMIT Since Completing his Architecture Degree in 1995 Stephen has had more than 20 years professional experience across a broad range of residential, hospitality, leisure, institutional, aged care and commercial projects. Joining JAM Architects in 2002, Stephen has overseen the delivery of many high density mixed-use commercial projects most notably the redevelopment of Footscray Plaza Shopping Centre, Cubo apartments in Richmond and an 85 million dollar mixed use development in the heart of Smith Street Collingwood comprising of 230 apartments and a Coles Supermarket. In his current Associate position Stephen is now applying his extensive experience and construction knowledge as JAM’s project leader on the East Brunswick Village Development that will see the 29,000m2 site host 10 buildings accommodating a mixture of residential, retail and commercial offices. Cameron Fry Associate Director March 2002 Deakin University Cameron has over 18 years industry experience, with 14 years post graduate experience. He is an ARBV registered architect since 2007, and a member of the Australian Institute of Architects. In his role as Associate at JAM Architects, Cameron implements his well rounded skill set – including conceptual design, design detailing, documentation and contract administration/construction knowledge to deliver high quality results of high architectural integrity. He is involved from the commencement to the conclusion of projects, and focuses on single dwellings, low scale townhouse developments and office developments, up to mid-range multi residential apartment buildings. Cameron’s work includes apartment buildings to Church Street Richmond, Cromwell Road South Yarra, Carlisle Street St Kilda, Burnley Street Richmond and dwellings such as 72 Moubray Street Albert Park, 7 Alexander Crescent Point Lonsdale and 10 Foam Road Fingal.
Environmental Sustainable Design (ESD) practices are entrenched in our approach in all projects. We are constantly expanding our knowledge and broadening our research base. We have developed a solid grounding of accredited in-house professional knowledge to ensure the integration of ESD principles to all projects. We supplement this knowledge with close relationships with specialist leading consultants offering supporting engineering and technical expertise. Our approach to ESD is one of being a key design requirements at the early stages of a project’s development. We see ESD as one of the key elements of the design process and starts with the project brief. Successful projects with considered ESD solutions require a holistic approach to integrating and coordinating ESD principles at all stages the design and building process. Key ESD systems/elements include; -Low energy building design -Sustainable material selection -Low energy lighting systems -Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning systems -Passive and active ventilation systems -Passive solar principles -Thermal mass solutions -Water conservation -Stormwater retention -Solar design -Active biomass -Native and appropriate planting/landscape
With a diverse skills base and a wealth of experience and ideas, these personnel are integral in delivering innovative design solutions in a professional manner. The practice is committed to utilising the efficiencies of computer technology and has developed a comprehensive digital infrastructure network. We are pro-active in implementing the latest technology to assist in delivering projects. Our practice is structured on a collaborative model, where hierarchical boundaries are removed and all project members encouraged to contribute. Our success has been largely a result of our team members’ individual contributions coupled with their particular expertise. We have adopted the Deltek PIM system for Database Management Systems and Project Accounting across all Projects. Our CAD environment is a Building Information Modelling concept based around the Revit and ArchiCAD software. Projects are constructed as virtual 3D models from design inception through to documentation. Advanced graphics and 3D modelling, presentation, animation mediums are also utilized. Our 3D environment is based around the 3DStudio Max and Rhino software with Vray and Maxwell our key rendering technologies.
The Deltek PIM system is designed to significantly improved the Quality Systems and practices within the office, ensuring that all information and drawings are tracked and files through a fully integrated database system.
The Deltek PIM system covers all aspects of the management of the practice inclusive of the following; • Human resource management. • Training. • Project Planning. • Design Control. • Contract review and control. • Document control. The ability to share information within the practice utilizing this powerful digital management system is a key component of our successful project delivery.
JAM Architects has successfully fully integrated the Deltek Database Project Information Management System (PIM) within the Office. The system provides a central database to collaboratively store, manage and share all project data. This includes emails, drawings, files and all correspondence providing a central store to access all project information. The system is integrated with all software used including Outlook and Revit so critical information can be stored and retired all project members.
2009 John George Knight Award, Coventry Place Residence, R.A.I.A. Victorian Chapter An inspirational example of heritage architecture that constitutes a “revelatory intersection between history and the present”. Jury comment, Royal Australian Institute of Architects, Victorian Chapter
Indesign, May 2003 “A different approach,” Unlike most medium-density housing that is identical to each other, the three townhouses have their own configurations. “Every room is different. It’s not the traditional rectangular format found in most townhouses. Every level offers a different angle,” Monument Vol.30 , June / July 1999 Glasshouse (okb) Retail fitout of one of the worlds leading makers of glassware, crystal and art glass. Located in the historical Block Arcade, one of Melbourne finest examples of the 19th century shopping arcade, the Orrefors Kosta Boda store was designed as a display case for the carefully refined process of glass making. The glassware is vibrant, bold, innovative and provocative. The store concept was to provide a backdrop for the quality of the glassware siting within the context of the historical Arcade environment.
Vogue Living , Feb-Mar 2002 “Homeware Store,”
Vogue Living , Feb-Mar 2002 “Homeware Store,”
Making most of small spaces  Victorian Terrace House. (Faraday House) The Faraday Street House is the outcome of a Clients’ need to extend an existing single storey Victorian terrace house to include contemporary living, kitchen, bathroom and bedroom facilities, and to introduce natural light into the interior space. The design developed as a response to tight planning constraints within a high density urban and historic precinct on a site approximately 6 metres wide by 16 metres deep. Planning controls demanded that any amendments to the existing house must not be visible from the Street.
Making more of small spaces  A Different Approach. (Eildon Road) The design of the three-level townhouses was influence by the many post-war flats and 1920’s detached homes in the street. Skillion shaped roofs, concrete stucco walls and the rhythmic pattern of neighboring balconies helped shape the design. A previously neglected laneway that boarders the site has been re-vitalized, and has been transformed into a secondary street. Each townhouse has a unique floor plan and each space a unique form – partially due to the irregularly shaped site but also in a bid to offer individual solutions to each home owner. The floor plan offers flexibility, generous balconies sit amongst the tree tops and tall ceilings accentuate the generous light and space
House and Garden, Dec 2003 “Sleek central,” Tiboli Road
Crafti Stephen The Ultimate Urban Makeover – Removing the locks (Parkdrive)
Magazine, The Age, 09 June “Hutattack, “Coventry Place A rare miner’s cottage in South Melbourne required an imaginative renovation. This was a kit home crafted by Malay carpenters and shipped from Singapore during the gold rush in about 1853.
Another 100 of the World’s Best Houses Tivoli Road Residence
Australian Interiors , Feb-Mar 2003 “The right context,” Eildon Road A new development reflects the architectual mix of its surroundings
Magazine, The Age, 09 June “Hutattack, “Coventry Place A rare miner’s cottage in South Melbourne required an imaginative renovation. This was a kit home crafted by Malay carpenters and shipped from Singapore during the gold rush in about 1853.
21st Century Kitchens Moubray Street, Nevair Residence The kitchen and informal living areas epitomise the ease of living requested by the owners. Constructed in stone, glass and zinc, the house was designed to complement the heritage streetscape. The kitchen overlooks an open dining and living room arrangement that captures the spectacular views over the vally. This space connects directly with the outdoor entertaining areas that overlooks the swimming pool on the upper terrace.
Australian Interiors , Feb-Mar 2003 “The right context,” Eildon Road A new development reflects the architectual mix of its surroundings
Designing for success the Office An eye for detail When you enter this home, You get the immediate impression that everything is exactly right. From the proportions of the rooms to the finishes, everything is impeccable.
Domain, The Age, 9 July 2003 “The Homecoming ,” Tivoli Road Chris is the founding Director of JAM Architects, and since its inception over 10 years ago, has overseen it’s development as a respected and enduring practice. Chris studied Architecture at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology graduating in 1991. Prior to establishing JAM (formerly Jan + Manton), his professional experience included 10 years with Metier 3 Architects. In his capacity as an Associate, his experience encompassed large scale projects of national significance, notably the National Gallery of Victoria and other significant projects including the T&G Building Reconstruction (60,000 m2), the SECV Building (50,000 m2), and Country Road Flagship Store, South Yarra. Chris during his formative period travelled extensively throughout Europe, America and Asia, completing projects in the USA and Asia. In addition to these International Architectural commissions, Chris has overseen the design and construction of numerous national commercial, retail, residential and interior/fitout projects. Recent projects include the completion of the Finger Wharf Retail project at Woolloomoolloo in Sydney, which consisted of a variety of restaurants such as the now famous Otto, Mantaray, Kingsleys, Laurant and Shimbysoha by the Sea. Commercial developments in Smith Street, Collingwood, Peel Street, North Melbourne and Kavanagh Street, Southbank have have recently.
Crafti Stephen Contemporary Beach Houses Down Under – Views of Swan Bay (Point Lonsdale) A residential retreat designed to maximize views over Swan Bay with respect to the environmental significance of the coastal environs. The Ward Road residence enjoys uninterrupted views of Swan Bay and its uniquely Australian environment of moonah trees, mangroves, grasslands and wetlands. The design of the dwelling is a contemporary response to the typical double-storied beach houses that were prevalent throughout the 1950’s in Victoria’s coastal towns. The simple rectangular form, the flat roof, the incorporation of decks and balconies are all interpreted in a modern form. The siting and design of the residence maximizes the use of natural light and solar gain, and offers the occupants expansive views across Swan bay. The extensive use of natural timbers is sympathetic to the coastal environment and over time has weathered to become one with the surrounding coastal vegetation. The Australian Financial review, 04 Feb 2011 “Let there be light ” Park Drive Victorian terraces are atractive but often unsuitable for modern living, JAM Architects redesigned a considerably larger terrace in Parkville. Used as a squant for students for many years, the two-storey Victorian terrace was in almost original condition.
Magazine, The Age, 09 June “Hutattack, “Coventry Place A rare miner’s cottage in South Melbourne required an imaginative renovation. This was a kit home crafted by Malay carpenters and shipped from Singapore during the gold rush in about 1853.
Magazine, The Age, 09 June “Hutattack, “Coventry Place A rare miner’s cottage in South Melbourne required an imaginative renovation. This was a kit home crafted by Malay carpenters and shipped from Singapore during the gold rush in about 1853.
A1000 Architects Jan Manton Design Architecture
Magazine, The Age, 09 June “Hutattack, “Coventry Place A rare miner’s cottage in South Melbourne required an imaginative renovation. This was a kit home crafted by Malay carpenters and shipped from Singapore during the gold rush in about 1853.
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JAM Architects recognise that each new project is a unique opportunity in its context of time, people and place. In approaching new projects, we explore a variety of solutions and techniques, delivering buildings and interiors that are appropriate, and of integrity, quality and beauty. Our objective is to offer our Clients a high quality of built form and management of the architectural process. We aspire to deliver socially, commercially and environmentally responsible solutions. In establishing and maintaining cooperation and confidence between, client, industry and the professional consultant team, more imaginative, resolved and successful projects can be realised. We work in collaboration with other professionals including engineers (structural, services, communication, acoustic etc.), landscape architects, arborists, surveyors, heritage consultants, planners ESD consultants and other party that may contribute their expertise