Jane Rickit

“For me, it’s about making sure the building is true to the briefing. My role is interpreting the brief into the planning and fabrication of the building - consciously keeping the brief alive and undiluted. In education, this means generating the very best teaching and learning outcomes possible for future generations, something I care really deeply about.”

Jane joined Jasmax as a full-time working mother in 2014. A capable and experienced Project Architect, Jane is a highly regarded member of the Jasmax team and has developed many long-term working relationships across the industry with clients, consultant teams, contractors and suppliers alike.

As a young graduate, Jane cut her teeth working on residential projects for Min Hall in Motueka, but always had her sights set on getting international experience. After two years' in New Zealand, she departed to Germany and then to the UK, where she worked for large commercial practice HLM on the Joint Services Command and Staff College for the UK Ministry of Defence. An £80million project, Jane worked on one of the three core elements of this elite military training and education facility. This project proved a training ground for documenting and delivering large scale, multi-stage, complex projects.

On completion of this project, Jane went on to work on Terminal 3 at Heathrow Airport for Chapman Taylor, finally moving to Jestico and Whiles, where she spent 3 years' working on delivering high quality social housing projects, including Darwin Court, an innovative social housing project for the Peabody Trust in London.

With her return to New Zealand she went on to develop a keen interest in the education sector, working on schools for 5 years' with Strata Architects.

Over her last 5 years' at Jasmax, Jane has developed her passion for giving back to the community through immersing herself in delivering transformational tertiary education projects including the Ngā Wai Hono building for AUT. Most recently Jane undertook the role of Project Architect on the Tauranga Campus Building for University of Waikato and is now privileged to see the students breathing life into these unique buildings.

Jane is experienced in community and stakeholder engagement and believes this underlies her approach to successful overall project delivery. Her strength is in coaxing aspirational and functional briefing requirements through the design process and into tangible built environments. She has a thorough understanding of the wider construction industry and the requirements for delivery of complex large-scale projects.

Currently, Jane is involved in ‘The Wonder Project’, a voluntary community initiative in schools which aims to spark excitement in children about choosing careers in STEM subjects - Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. She is teaching children how to design, build and launch rockets – and making sure the girls get all the same hands-on opportunities as the boys!

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