Our Story

Collard Clarke Jackson Canberra trading as CCJ Architects is a continuation of the long-standing firm Collard Clarke & Jackson.  The office of Collard Clarke & Jackson was established by Max Collard in 1947 and in 1955 Max Collard and Guy Clarke formed Collard Clarke.  In 1962 Phillip Jackson joined the partnership completing the name.  

Some recognisable landmarks were designed and built in Canberra during this early period including the RG Menzies Library at the Australian National University (with John Scarborough) in 1961, Kanganra Court (Bachelor Flats) Ainslie in 1965, Geophysics Building (now Jaeger 6 building at Research School of Earth Sciences) in 1969, and the Defence Russell Offices building 14 (now building A) in 1971.

All these buildings are now heritage listed.

In 1972 Collard Clarke & Jackson completed work on the Canberra City Pedestrian Plaza and not long after this (in the late 70s) a permanent Canberra office was created.  At the time this office was led by Robert Beverley and Stephen Doney.  The Canberra and Sydney office remained as one firm until 1994 when both separated into discrete entities and Collard Clarke Jackson Canberra was established.

The current directors of CCJ are Andrew Moore, Kevin Miller, Vahan Hekimian and Jennifer Witheford.

CCJ Architects has a philosophy that acknowledges the complexity of buildings and the users that occupy the buildings. We aim to produce work to the highest standards of our profession and ensure that the interpersonal relationships necessary during the process foster a positive atmosphere of cooperation and responsibility.  Basically, we aim to service our clients well – beyond expectation.

Meet the Team

Andrew Moore

Director | Registered Architect

Dr Kevin Miller

Director | Registered Architect

Jennifer Witheford

Director | Senior Interior Designer

Vahan Hekimian

Director | Registered Architect

Tony Staltari

Graduate Architect

William Yao

Graduate Architect

Joanna Gray

Interior Designer

Tom Kitson

Student Architect

Our Process

CCJ has developed a philosophy that acknowledges the complexity of the environment, buildings and the users that occupy the buildings.  We have to put ourselves into the shoes of a particular user and understand the functions and limitations of their specialist position.  Then the task is to translate this into a built physical form.

We have put together three words that try to represent the goals of translation which is subject to continual change and redefinition.  We are trying to show or discuss how a holistic approach to environmental (eco) and architectural design crosses several fields other than design and that it is a complex process.  Recently we have adapted our own branding to be reflective of these goals and objectives.

Climate

Climate in relation to design can be as simple as providing basic human needs and shelter in order to facilitate comfort.  This is a health requirement within any building where all occupants have access to natural light, fresh air, views, and adequate space.  This can be extended to base requirements to provide a healthy relaxed but also beneficial environment for all aspects of life.

Climate is not just about ESD inclusions for reducing energy use, water use, and the like, but a core requirement for the conditions related to a healthy environment and our biophilic relationship with the natural world.  It is also a signifier of location and the requirement to suit the particular climate within the place you are designing.  The base design should maximise passive modes of internal comfort conditions in relation to climate before looking into active systems.

Context 

It is important to relate to the context, not just built form, but also through relationships.  This is the establishment of the foundations upon which the design can evolve.  Context or environment is the broad definition of influences on the built form and the occupants within.  In using this word we are talking about the environmental factors that make up our attachment to place (topophilia) and the social and psychological aspects that influence our quality of life.

This broadens the discussion from human centred to environment centred – meaning we are part of a complex system and not the top of a complex system.  Each building must be deeply rooted in its environment.  CCJ’s philosophy is not to transport building designs but to carefully craft an individual project that is specifically related to its context and community and cannot be relocated.

Complexity

The incorporation of all the elements of function, context, relationships, environmental conditions, and the like, is a complex process.  Environmental (eco) design is not a complex arrangement of eco devices, it is a complex process of achieving environmental harmony.  The shape, content and function of our designed projects should be directed towards the goal of a well organised and healthy built environment for all occupants whilst maintaining a simple (yet also complex) goal of integration and enhancement of the natural environment.

Acknowledgement of complexity considers all issues, incorporating a diverse set of perspectives, being respectful of culture, and values space as an environment for all people to learn, work, and live.  It is the process of building a community.

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