The Jasmax Manifesto

We are a third-generation architectural and design practice from Aotearoa New Zealand. For more than fifty years we have been at the forefront of bicultural and sustainable design in the Pacific.

 

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Our Place 

We are defined by the place in which we live – Aotearoa New Zealand. As people of an island nation, we are collaborative, resourceful and resilient explorers who treasure nature and embrace innovation.

Tō Tātou Kāinga

He mea hanga tatou e tō tatou whenua, arā, ko Aotearoa.  Inā hoki he iwi noho moutere tatou, he mahitahi he rauhanga te wairua, ka mutu, he kaihōpara aumangea tātou e kaingākau nei ki te taiao me te aronga whanokē.

Our Culture

Our culture celebrates honesty and thoughtfulness. We respect the unique worldview of iwi Māori and acknowledge the way Te Ao Māori influences our design practice.

  • We acknowledge the ancestral relationship tangata whenua have with the natural environment as an essential source of well-being and identity.
  • We acknowledge the bicultural foundation of Aotearoa New Zealand enshrined in Te Tiriti o Waitangi.
  • We reflect and integrate Māori concepts of manaaki, tiaki and aroha (exchange, reciprocity and consideration) to celebrate the multi-culturalism of modern Aotearoa New Zealand.

Tō Tātou Ahurea

Whakamānawa ai tō tatou ahurea i te pono me te mākohakoha.  Ki a mātou nei, he mea nui te tirohanga Māori me ōna pānga huhua ki ā mātou mahi whakahoahoa.

  • E mihi ana mātou i te hononga tūturu a te tangata whenua ki te taiao hei mātāpuna taketake o te ora me te tuakiritanga.
  • E mihi ana mātou i te tūāpapa o te tikanga-a-rua o Aotearoa e mau ana i te Tiriti o Waitangi.
  • Ka huritao mātou, ā ka kōkuhu atu i ngā tikanga o te manaaki, te koha me te aroha hei whakamānawa i te kākano mahatanga o Aotearoa.

Our Belief

We believe that great architecture and design can awaken the human spirit, transform the experience of daily life, and provide shape and expression to organisations, towns, cities, and cultures.

Tō Tātou Whakapono

E whakapono ana mātou ka oho te wairua i ngā hoahoanga rerehua.  Waihoki, ka whakaumu i ngā wheako o ia rā e puta ai he āhua hou he kitenga hou mō ngā rōpū, ngā tāone, me ngā ahurea.

Our Aim

We aim to produce work which is mutually beneficial to society and the environment.

We design buildings, landscape and infrastructure to enrich and connect thriving, prosperous, sustainable communities reflecting the diverse cultures and natural beauty of our place, Aotearoa New Zealand.

Tō Tātou Whāinga

Ko te whāinga ia, e whai hua ai ā mātou mahi ki te hāpori whānui me te tāiao anō hoki.

Ka whakahoahoa mātou i ngā whare, te horanuku me ngā tūāpapa taone hei whakahaumako, hei whakahonohono i ngā hapori tōnui e noho whakauka, hei whakaatu i ngā ahurea kanorau me te rerehua o tō tātou whenua a Aotearoa. 

Our Values

Excellence

We strive for excellence in all aspects of our work, and design to enable excellence in others.

Guardianship

We respect the natural environment as a source of well-being and identity.

Unity

We value unity that arises out of diversity. Our work contributes to an equitable, inclusive society.

Respect

We create opportunities for meaningful connection between people and place.

Bravery

We draw on collective knowledge and experience to practise design with wisdom and courage.

Ō Tātou Mātāpono

Ko te Kounga

Ka nanaiore mātou kia kounga ā mātou mahi katoa, e hora ai taua kounga ki te marea.

Ko te Mana o te Taiao

He nui tō mātou kauanuanu ki te taiao hei mātāpuna o te ora me te tuakiritanga.

Ko te Kotahitanga

He mea nui te kotahitanga ka puta i te kanorau.  Ka taunaki ā mātou mahi i te hāpori kia matatika te noho mō te katoa.

Ko te Kauanuanu

Ka hanga nei mātou i ngā angitu e tūhonohono ai ngā tāngata ki te whenua.

Ko te Māia

Mā te puna mātauranga whānui me ngā wheako e māia ai e mātau ai hoki ā mātou mahi katoa.

 

Our Kōauau

Our kōauau, Te Hau-Ora is a symbol of our values and the higher purpose of the work we do together. Te Hau-Ora celebrates the power of human agency, connecting the physical and the intangible; form and function; tikanga and technology; the present and the past. It represents the creativity of human expression and through breath becomes animated and has life.

Te Hau-Ora

Purea te hau uki, te hau tupu, te hau ora

E tohu ana tēnei taonga i ō mātou mātāpono e tūhonohono mai ai te tangata ki ngā mahi tiketike e mahi nei tatou. Ko Te Hau-ora tēnei taonga. Ko tāna he whakamana ana i te tangata, me te aha, he tohu ia i te hono ki waenga i te ao kitea me te ao tē kitea, te āhua me te mahi, ngā tikanga me te hangarau, o nāianei me o mua. Waihoki, he tohu tēnei taonga i te auaha o te tangata, ka ora mai i te hā o te tangata.

 

How we work

We are a collaborative organisation that approaches each project with open minds and a determination to exceed expectations.

We are inspired by the success of our clients and seek to establish relationships that extend beyond the scope of individual projects.

Te Āhua o ngā Mahi

Whakakikī ngā aukaha

Ko te mahitahi te tūāpapa o tēnei rōpū e noho hinengaro tūwhera ki ia tahi kaupapa, me te kaha hoki kia eke panuku ngā mahi atu i ngā kawatau.

Ka whakaawetia mātou e te angitū o te kiritaki. Nā konā ko te nako ia kia tatau pounamu te hono pakihi e tautoro atu ai ki anamata, ki tua i ngā kaupapa motuhake.

How we are organised

We are a multi-disciplinary, bicultural design practice offering specialist expertise spanning the disciplines of architecture, interior design, urban design, landscape architecture and brand design.

Our practice is organised into interdisciplinary teams focused on producing intelligent, integrated design solutions. We work across a wide range of sectors including residential, commercial, education, health, community and civic, transport, sports and recreation and master planning.

Tō Mātou Whare

He pūkenga matarau, he ahurea rua tō mātou rōpū. Ka mutu, ara noa atu ō mātou pūkenga o ia momo mahi o te hoahoanga, hoahoa ki rō whare, hoahoa taone, hoahoanga horanuku me te hoahoa waitohu.

He whakaritenga tō tēnei rōpū e nohotahi nei ngā pūkenga o ia tūmomo mahi hei arotahi ki te waihanga i ngā hoahoa whakataunga pāhekoheko.  Ko ngā papakāinga, pakihi, mātauranga, hauora, hapori me te kaunihera, ngā waka, hākinakina, whakangahau me ngā māhere matua ngā kaupapa e mahi nei mātou. 

We are Jasmax.

Ko mātou Jasmax.