James Whetter


Architecture, Auckland

Qualifications & Affiliations

  • BArch (First Class Hons) VUW
  • Bachelor of Building Science, VUW
  • Registered Architect (New Zealand Architects’ Act 2005)
  • Member of NZ Institute of Architects
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James leads the residential design team at Jasmax, and has over 19 years’ experience working as an Architect in NZ, the UK and Australia. Having worked on a broad range of project types he has extensive experience in the residential, commercial and tertiary education sectors. He joined Jasmax in 2011 after 9 years working in Melbourne where he was primarily involved in the design and delivery of medium and high density multi-residential buildings and university teaching buildings.

James has developed a solid understanding of commercial construction systems and understands the dynamic relationship between design excellence and build cost. His finished buildings have shown that inspiring design and commercial success for the client can indeed go hand in hand.

James maintains an active role in all project phases from design through to delivery on site and firmly believes a successful building requires equal attention to both “the poetry and the plumbing”.

James’s recent projects include the Terrace, a mixed use development in the heart of Christchurch’s CBD and 5 Whitaker Place, a recently completed 300 room student accommodation building.

Projects under construction and on the boards include The Foundries, a boutique terrace housing development in Freemans Bay, 52 Sale Street, 17 apartments in the Auckland CBD, and a cross-laminated timber apartment building in New Lynn. The residential team is also involved in the design of social housing for the Tamaki Redevelopment Company.

James has a keen interest in sustainability, with experience in Greenstar and Living Building Challenge projects. He is also the NZIA representative on the Timber Design Society and plays a key role in promoting the increased use of engineered timber in New Zealand.

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