Practice

Founded in 1998 JAM Architects have established a large portfolio of built architecture and interiors across diverse typologies including residential, multi residential, commercial and retail commissions.

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Client service

Our objective is to offer our Clients a high quality of built form and management of the architectural process.

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JAM have a proven record of establishing and maintaining relationships with our Clients many who we have worked with over several years and several projects. These relationships are vital to ensuring design responses are not only aesthetically beautiful but also practically and financially viable.

We are committed to diversity and inclusion. Across many of our current projects, we have sought to engage with Indigenous stakeholders to find ways to incorporate Indigenous design principles and expression into our work. We acknowledge and pay our respects to the Traditional Custodians of the lands on which we work and build our projects.

Appropriate context

We believe it is important for every project to have a strong focus and its significance can be measured by the extent to which that focus has been realised.

We understand that our buildings do not sit in isolation, but rather fit within often complex urban and natural environments.

We are sensitive to these environments and take cues from the site context that inform appropriate design responses.

Project context is investigated from different perspectives – physical context of site such as location, orientation, climate, neighbours, topography, region, etc; conceptual context such as culture, client background; and content like program, use, etc. The concept design is then an integration of our specific response to these field conditions.

Environmentally Sustainable Design

JAM recognise that we have a responsibility to make positive change via the built environment.

ESD is integral to all of our projects. From the inception of the project brief through to the design and construction phases we apply best practice ESD principles.

New projects present the opportunity to collaborate with leading specialist consultants and explore and apply more innovative and complex sustainable solutions. This specialist expertise further enhances our in-house knowledge.

As architects and designers, we also acknowledge our responsibility to deliver buildings that reduce waste and carbon emissions throughout construction and operational life. We’ve delivered numerous projects with environmentally sustainable credentials such as Green Star and Nabers. Our aim is to make a positive contribution to the environment and the communities in which we operate.

We work with clients to understand sustainability aspirations and objectives and to uncover previously untapped opportunities. The dialogue continues through design phases, with post-occupancy measurement playing a key role upon completion.

Key initiatives that are integral to our projects include:

  • Low energy building design
  • Sustainable material selection
  • Low energy lighting systems
  • Innovative ventilation, heating, and cooling
    systems
  • Passive solar principles
  • Thermal mass integration
  • Water conservation and harvesting
  • Solar Design
  • Active biomass
  • Consideration of Biophilic principles
  • Integration of landscape and vegetation
  • Urban design
Material integrity

Great consideration is given to the selection of materials for all of our projects.

In addition to their aesthetic values materials must be appropriate to their site context. They must be sustainable, safe, durable and low maintenance. Before specifying we consider the embedded energy of a material, and its’ cradle to grave longevity.

Adolph Loose in his essay ‘Ornament and Crime’ expressed the aesthetic position that the architecture and the materials used should express simplicity and honesty. Our approach pays homage to this expression.

Material honesty extends to the complex challenge of designing buildings that are sustainable, environmentally responsible and result in building environments that are still aesthetically pleasing where clients and building users can be comfortable and creative.

Beauty in detail

We believe that there is beauty in detail.

Our architecture is unembellished yet always highly detailed. We work closely through the design and documentation phases to create details that add refined quality to our designs. During construction we closely monitor the translation of these details into the built form to ensure that the design intent is realised.

We are fascinated by the nature and quality of a material, its colour and grain, the way that it is cut and fits together. The care shown in how materials are employed tells a story about the value that a community places in its built environment. It can also intertwine with a client’s aspirations, a city’s culture and traditions, a society’s preoccupations, the history of a place and new technology.

The detail of systems and materials, at the scale of a person, is highly considered by our practice. These are the moments of one-on-one interaction with a building, where you may touch a handrail, open a drawer, perceive the framing of a view, understand the way materials join, or how they may have been reinvigorated from an earlier life.

Respect of the past with vision for the future

Any intervention with historic architecture and culture is a great responsibility.

Jam is proud of numerous award-winning projects that have successfully created contemporary space from heritage buildings. These residential and commercial projects have presented challenges relating to conservation, restoration and adaptive re-use of heritage buildings but have also created opportunity to maintain and reinvigorate the buildings’ relevance.

Adaptive reuse of existing buildings presents a unique set of constraints and opportunities, while significantly reducing waste and resource use. With considered interventions, our built heritage can be preserved within the community and adapted to current requirements.