With over 30 years’ experience in architecture, Jasmax Principal Chris Scott is one of New Zealand’s leading education design specialists and co-leads the Education team at Jasmax. His expertise has contributed to the creation of highly innovative learning environments that are changing the educational experience of students in New Zealand. Designing campuses that students and staff really want to spend time in has been key to this success.
Over the past 12 years, Chris has been responsible for the design and delivery of major developments for three major New Zealand universities, and has spoken on building trends in education and next generation learning spaces at conferences in the Asia Pacific region. Past projects include the Sir Paul Reeves and Ngā Wai Hono buildings for AUT, and more recently, the 450-bed Te Rangi Hiroa College student accomodation building – the first new college designed for Otago University in 50 years.
Chris is focused on delivering outcomes proven by evidence to deliver long-term value to clients. His projects also demonstrate his commitment to sustainability and include some of New Zealand’s most energy efficient large scale education buildings. Working closely with AUT and the University of Auckland (UoA), Chris is currently leading AUT’s A1 project for the Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences and UoA’s proposed 6-Star Green Star-rated B201 building for the Faculties of Arts, Education and Social Work.
Both these projects start with the adaptive reuse of 40-year-old buildings. Integrated with new engineered timber structures to increase and augment activities, each project effectively responds to net zero carbon targets and increases the life expectancy of the original for another 50 years. These projects provide a realistic, achievable roadmap toward a low carbon future.