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A4LE Site Visit to Gnoolark

JCY and ECU were recently very pleased to host over 40 visitors for a comprehensive site visit to Ngoolark. For those not familiar with A4LE, it was in the past known as CEFPI and has been a wonderful platform for the sharing of knowledge related to designing and planning education facilities in Australasia and in North America.  JCY has been involved from the very start of the establishment of the WA Chapter with Libby Guj being part of the chapter committee for many years in the past as well as being part of the inaugural ‘Mayfield Project’ many years ago as well as part of the group involved in preparing for the Australasian Conference in Perth. For further info on A4LE visit and do consider becoming a member.

The representation of organisations at the visit to Ngoolark typified the reason that A4LE is such a great platform for all of us working in the education sector. Visitors included architects, teachers, education providers, specialist education consultants, DoE representatives, BMW, cost consultants, students and many others including people who are simply interested in seeing how education facilities are evolving in different education sectors.

While a cloudy and rainy late afternoon, Ngoolark produced a soft golden glow and provided a wonderful backdrop to conversations, questions and sharing of thoughts related to the design of education facilities, the common ground shared by all of us.

Thank you so much to all that attended and showed interest in our work and we look forward to the next A4LE site visit. Read more.



The Weather didn’t beat us!

It was a wild, wet & windy morning for our intrepid competitors who braved the elements to participate in the SKILLED 27th Annual Corporate Teams Triathlons.  This year the event supports the CANCER COUNCIL RELAY FOR LIFE

Held at the iconic Bather’s Beach and Esplanade in historic Fremantle, the event incorporates a swim, flat cycle course and a run along Fremantle Harbour passing the Round House.

Our JCY crew weren’t too worried about the rain and cold conditions but they assumed (quietly prayed) that at least the swim leg would be cancelled!  But no, it was on and off they all went!

JCY did amazingly well – with the JCY Young Guns (Ciaran & Chris, who were only 6 seconds off winning!!!) and the JCY Grey Guns (Scott & Su-Yin) both finishing third in their divisions!  Our awesome relay team, JCY Tri-Hards (Dillon, Paul & Koosha) came ninth in their division.  Well done to all of our competitors… they were all just happy they didn’t drown.

Team JCY will be back to do it all again next year, fitter and faster and maybe earning a win!  We also throw down the challenge to any of our corporate partners to take us on in 2018!



BASSA – Working with the Aboriginal Artists of the Region

During the past 4 months JCY has worked with the HA, NYB in Broome, Vanessa Margetts (public art coordinator) and numerous Aboriginal artists in Broome to develop a set of 8 laser cut steel screen designs plus other surface designs for the Broome Aboriginal Short Stay Accommodation project which has now well and truly commenced on site. This process has been wonderful and interactive with the artists meeting regularly in workshops over a period of weeks to develop their designs. Libby Guj attended one of the workshops to assist the artists in translating their designs into a form which could be digitised and appropriate for the laser cutting process and continued to assist from Perth to ‘tweak’ any aspects that required amendment. Once this process was completed and the designs digitised JCY printed out each design at 1:1 (around 1800 x1200) and sent the prints to the artists for them to see the scale at which their work would be produced and so as to receive final sign-off. The whole process was a wonderful experience.

The artists’ work will provide a significant identity to BASSA. Each design will be used on buildings throughout the complex in significant numbers creating beautiful screens and shadow and light patterns throughout. The patterns will also define site and building entrance points through their use on gates and entrance screens as well as providing the primary corner signage for the site. It is also intended that the various designs are reproduced in other ways including on canvas, and while signage design hasn’t yet commenced, the team will be discussing the opportunities to develop signage, branding, marketing and facility identities using these unique and beautiful designs.

We can’t wait to see these stunning designs start to make their way on site in the form of hundreds of square metres of laser cut steel screens later in the year.



Shenton College: Stage 2 – Forward Works Underway

There is activity on the Shenton College site with forward works well underway to facilitate the Stage 2 project. This work comprises a new sewer main line extension to serve the college and several adjacent properties. Construction activity has taken place within challenging surroundings – both along the Lemnos St road reserve and along the boundary of the environmentally sensitive Shenton Bushland Reserve.

Tenders for the main building contract have now closed and the results are being assessed by the team at BMW. The winning tender will be announced shortly and building work will commence on site in June. Early works will include new road alignments and parking areas, new playing courts and careful clearing of the site, including the retention of existing trees which have been integrated into the landscape design. This aspect was of great importance to the design team and will provide a positive outcome for students and staff.

We will post more progress reports and photos as this project develops throughout 2017 & 2018.



Newman Family and Youth Hub

JCY was delighted to start work on this wonderful project for the Shire of East Pilbara (the largest Shire, by area, in the southern hemisphere) in January, fresh from a rejuvenating Christmas break!

The project, which will support the Shire’s strong interest in the wellbeing of its young people and families and the community structures that care for and support them. This project aims to bring a number of currently separate functions and providers together into a hub and aims to identify gaps and needs in these areas while working towards finding ways to support and strengthen the sector. The Shire believes that a key benefit of the community hub model is that it significantly adds value to its and local services’ capacity for partnerships, including joint initiatives, improved referral pathways, information sharing and increased accessibility to a wide range of services. It is anticipated that the increased collaboration, service integration and the introduction of a centralised high quality information and referral service will have substantial benefits for the children and young people and their families in Newman.

This high energy, vibrant, multicultural and multiuser hub will bring together the town’s youth centre, arts and crafts programs, Scouts and Guides, crèche, day care, the Shire, plus numerous known and future regular and irregular users and providers and the general community in a built hub with generous flexible support facilities including storage, ablutions and changerooms, offices, meeting rooms, undercover and outdoor gardens, play areas and playgrounds, parking, exhibition space and a highly flexible and generous central kitchen which has direct counter access to a number of the primary use areas. An integrated reception area which will service the whole hub is located off the main entrance on Moondoorow Street which also has a community garden planned, with the main youth focussed entrance located on Hilditch Avenue. A strong urban link is being investigated between the youth entrance and the main town centre which is linked via a mall directly opposite.

JCY has just completed Schematic Design for the project and been instructed to proceed to Design Development by a very happy client.



He did it!

Hawaiian Youth Focus Ride for Youth Welcome Home event held at Kings Park, 25 March 2017

Huge congratulations must go to Ian Hart and indeed all of the other dedicated riders in the 2017 Ride for Youth, who yet again smashed their fund-raising target.

The goal was to raise $1,750,000. Through the efforts of the riders and support crew and generous donations from the general public and the business community, including our clients, friends and family, the ride raised a massive $2,537,739!

What an achievement and who knows maybe we can convince a few more to get a JCY team going in 2018!

It’s not too late to donate to this wonderful and important cause, so please go to

Images courtesy of Youth Focus



Star pupil wins JCY Design Award 2 years in a row

Introducing the UWA Winner of the JCY Architects and Urban Designers Award, 2016.

Congratulations to U.W.A student, Annie Paxton, for winning the 2016 JCY Architects and Urban Designers Prize. JCY have proudly sponsored this award for several years and this is Annie’s second year in a row of winning, this time for the highest marks in 3rd year design.

Annie’s winning folio was from an intensive summer studio with RCR Architects in Olot, Spain. The  project brief was to design a component within the masterplan for “La Moixina”, which is a natural area of significant geo-botanical value in Olot, featuring an abundance of natural water springs.

There was a strong focus on integrating the building into its natural surrounds – allowing the landscape to dominate the building and creating a structure that harnessed the tranquility of the environment, concentrating the connection with nature.

This is an outstanding achievement and we wish Annie every success as she progresses through to her complete her Masters Degree this year.

Image courtesy of Matthew Galligan Photography