Our Values

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At Jasmax we believe design has the power to inspire the spirit. It can turn the ordinary into the memorable, and it can enhance the human experience. This shared belief unites our 200+ staff, and it’s evident across all the work we do; from architecture, masterplanning, interior design, landscape architecture, building conservation, urban design and environmentally-sustainable design.

Our values help to shape our unique culture, which is evident in each and every project we undertake and through the strong relationships that we build.

Our values are:

We have empathy. We walk in the shoes of others and care how we affect the world around us.

We have open minds. We value creativity and collaboration when solving problems.

We trust our people. We back people to achieve the remarkable.

We are future focused. Through our actions and behaviour we aim to leave the world in a better place.

The success of our projects has been built on a thorough understanding of our clients, their business and the needs of their people.

That’s why we have offices in Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington so that we can facilitate the kind of robust discussion required to design solutions of real relevance, wherever our clients may be.

Our depth and breadth of design experience is unique in New Zealand, with our work spanning civic and community, commercial, education, hospitality, transport, healthcare, retail, residential, and sports and recreation projects. In the 50 years we’ve been operating, we have completed a vast range of high-profile, award-winning projects.

Our History

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Jasmax had its genesis in the 1989 merger of three architectural practices. The oldest and largest of these, JASMaD, was formed in 1963, while the younger Bossley Cheshire and Gibbs Harris practices added design expertise and a growing reputation with commercial and civic projects.

Shortly after the merger, Jasmax won the competition to design Te Papa Tongarewa: the Museum of New Zealand. Under Ivan Mercep’s design leadership, the project cemented the future direction of Jasmax, developing into one of New Zealand’s largest architectural practices.

Key early JASMaD milestones were buildings such as International House; a raft of regional hotels and pubs including the Rarotongan Hotel (in joint venture with John Scott); continued work at the University of Auckland, especially the Recreation Centre; Maori and Polynesian work; and museums and cultural buildings.

Drawing on the entrepreneurial spirit of the founding directors, JASMaD ventured into planning, structural engineering, interior design, property development, industrial design, construction information and graphic design.

Today, the Jasmax architectural team work alongside leading interior designers, landscape architects, and urban designers. Jasmax also spearheads work on the environmental and sustainable development fronts, as evidenced by winning the inaugural EECA Property Council Energy Award.

The continuing process of adding new staff, all of whom bring new ideas and energy,has enabled the current Jasmax team to carry on the innovative and entrepreneurial zeal of their predecessors.

Jasmax and Sustainability

We inspire our people to imagine and innovate beautiful solutions that enhance our environment and society.

Jasmax are New Zealand industry leaders in sustainability and have successfully delivered many innovative and high performing projects within attainable budgets.

We actively encourage sustainable and regenerative outcomes by engaging the client and the design team early on in the journey.

Our commitment to sustainability is founded in deep industry connections and a long history supporting the green shift, such as the New Zealand Green Building Council and piloting Green Star, as well as Living Future New Zealand to pilot the Living Building Challenge in New Zealand.

Jasmax has a strong Environmental Management System (JEMs) which is externally-audited and certified to ISO14001 to minimise our environmental impacts, through worm farming, carbon accounting and promoting electric bikes.

We have Green-Star-accredited professionals in-house and 200 passionate designers who want to see a greener, caring and positive world. Jasmax designed New Zealand’s first Living Building Challenge project, award-winning building Te Uru Taumatua for Tūhoe, which offsets its carbon, land and equity impacts on day one, avoids toxic chemicals and generates its own renewable energy.

We continue to research, learn, and challenge assumptions and ourselves, to deliver innovative, beautiful, sustainable and economically viable designs for our clients.

Jasmax's Sustainability Principles:

  • We do more with less energy and fewer resources

  • We minimise waste and pollution

  • We work to enhance and support natural systems

  • We educate ourselves, our community and partners to deliver a sustainable future.

Designing to the world's most stringent sustainable design criteria, The Living Building Challenge

Working with Ngāi Tūhoe to design and build their new headquarters, Te Kura Whare, was a journey of social, cultural and sustainable exploration. Monsoon Pictures captured this journey in their multi-award winning feature-length documentary, Ever the Land.

Watch this short clip to get a feel for the incredible journey of the project, and the stringent Living Building Challenge taken on by all involved.

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