NZIA Local Award wins 2020: Bay of Plenty

Jasmax had a fantastic showing at the New Zealand Institute of Architects (NZIA) Bay of Plenty Architecture Awards held online last night, winning awards for both projects we were shortlisted for. Congratulations to our clients, collaborators and project teams. 


University of Waikato Tauranga Campus – Education Award

This state-of-the-art facility showcases world-leading tertiary education in a bicultural context and is the first University in the Bay of Plenty region. The development was a truly collaborative project with the University of Waikato, which involved the wider community with the support and guidance of Ngāi Tamarāwaho as mana whenua alongside the broader iwi leadership of Tauranga Moana.

The project has already won a prestigious international award for its innovation learning environment - the Learning Environment Australasia Entire New Facility Award in 2020 - and was a triple winner in the Bay of Plenty PCNZ Awards, where it took out the Supreme Award.

The jury stated that "This new campus links two streets with a new pedestrian laneway and creates a welcoming urban space. The building is massed into two volumes, establishing a sensitive street scale and articulating different functions within. Bicultural design and storytelling are embedded in the expression and sequencing spaces, as well as the skin of the building. The buildings have a great sense of connectivity to place and have established a strong living presence in the city."

Tauranga Airport – Commercial Award

The $13.9M expansion represents a step change for the region and the redevelopment provides a much-needed new gateway for the Bay of Plenty.

The jury noted how "A new arrivals and departures space has been elegantly stitched onto the existing terminal at Tauranga Airport, creating a strong new identity for the region’s airline gateway. Staggered diagonal Glulam portals and steel cross-bracing integrated this area with the existing terminal, which was stripped back to expose the steel roof structure. The extension and reconfiguration of the building provides greater clarity, openness and ease of use."