2016 Ivan Mercep Award Winner

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Amanda Kissling

We'd like to congratulate our colleague Matt Watson, an Architect in our Christchurch studio, for being the 2016 Ivan Mercep Award winner! Celebrating innovation, personal growth and design excellence, this is the third award Jasmax has granted in the last two years.

A self-proclaimed ambivert, Matt’s TogetherAlone entry proposed a research project that explores how we can integrate contemplative spaces within highly activated, open plan and innovative learning environments. Spaces for the introvert and the extrovert.

Matt explains that many are well aware of the differences between extroverts and introverts, but not so aware of ambiverts; a person who falls in the category between the social and outgoing extrovert and the retreating introvert. His proposal raises questions on how modern educational environments are being developed which celebrate the learning style of an extrovert, his research will seek to investigate design strategies to ensure these spaces meet the needs of all.

Chris Jack, Jasmax Principal and member of the judging committee commented “The quality of entries was outstanding. What stood out was not only a focus on personal development and growth but an overarching desire to invest time in gaining a wider understanding across a diverse field of cultural, societal and environmental issues, and then sharing that learning back to the wider practice.”

Matt will undertake his research over the course of 2017.

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