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 co-operation and responsibility.  Working closely with the client and/or user groups mean that we are able to directly understand the specific technical requirements of the project we are working on.  We have to put ourselves into the shoes of a particular client or user and understand the functions and limitations of their work, specialist position or lifestyle.  Then our task is to translate this into a built physical form.

CCJ has put together three words that try to represent the translation of the functional and design requirements into a built form.


Climate                                            Context                                              Complexity


Climate represents the environmental conditions of the area and the systems employed to cope with these conditions.

Climate is not just about ESD inclusions for reducing energy use, but a core requirement for conditions related to a healthy environment.  It is an inbuilt requirement that covers all aspects of the design process from orientation, passive building systems, active building systems through to material selection and landscape.

Context is the site and surrounds peculiar to the project’s location.

It is important to relate to the context, not just in built form, but also through relationships.  Continuous questioning during the design process helps us to understand how people work and live and how to facilitate the spatial requirements.  Our broad range of experience across projects, which are sometimes “one off” facilities, means that we do not take things for granted.  We are always questioning and refining as each building is deeply rooted in its site in both a physical and functional way.  CCJ’s philosophy is not to transport building designs but to carefully craft an individual project that is specifically related to the site and cannot be relocated.

Complexity relates to functions, users, the inspiration and the integration of the above into a whole.

The incorporation of all the elements of function, context, relationships, environmental conditions, and the like, is a complex process.  A resulting project may appear simple but we recognise the complexity involved and give all buildings the required attention to facilitate usability with architectural merit.

The success of architecture is imbedded in this translation.


Image: Forest – Kevin Miller

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