James Cubitt Architects

 James Cubitt Architects (JCA) was established in Brisbane, Australia in 1986 and has successfully delivered projects throughout Queensland, Nationally and Internationally. The practice is independently owned however  retains ties with James Cubitt offices in the UK, Nigeria, Nairobi, Abu Dhabi, Cairo, Dubai and Ghana. JCA is recognised for providing innovative , sustainable design based on exceeding client expectations for each project. A rigorous design approach is applied to all projects, placing great importance on the context in which buildings area located, the way buildings function, how they are made, and the spaces they create.

JCA’s development is characterised by gradual expansion, low staff turnover, careful management of design and a genuine commitment to collaboration with all participants in the design and construction process. Senior staff retain hands-on involvement through all stages of projects. Senior Partners within the practice attend client meetings and lead the project together with the nominated project architect. The practice has completed Institutional, Education, Civic, Public, Commercial, Health, Research and Residential projects. JCA has enthusiastically adopted Building Information Modelling (BIM) systems recognising the benefits afforded clients through an integrated project delivery approach .

Through its long established partnership with Government and University clients the Practice has a strong quality management system (ISO 9001:2008) that is independently audited annually. JCA values it’s position in the  design and delivery of the built environment and continues to forge a strong reputation within the Construction Industry. A core element of the projects undertaken by JCA are those completed internationally in particular projects in developing nations where issues surrounding access, material availability and construction skills become critical factors that influence the design process. The practice has had the privilege to be involved in a number of Aid based projects that seek to improve the infrastructure, facilities and opportunities for those living in extreme social conditions. These projects require an ability to recognise the unique aspects of each country, collaborating with local stakeholders to ensure projects consider social, community and religious aspects in addition to the more pragmatic building philosophies surrounding orientation, climate and environment.

The development of these projects supports JCA’s strong environmental approach. Sustainability has been integral to the design philosophy of much of JCA’s architecture giving our work rigour and suitability for purpose. The ability to design purpose built projects that meet the bespoke conditions associated with each site whilst maintaining value for money have enabled JCA to identify core architectural principals focusing on issues surrounding function, life cycle costing and sense of place.

Recent projects undertaken in the Pacific region have reinforced this need for architecture to be adaptable to its conditions. Projects completed have relied heavily on local materials, construction techniques and capabilities allowing buildings to be costed for their location and providing opportunities for up-skilling of local contractors. This has been a strong objective of JCA’s international portfolio with the practice actively seeking to be a part of further training of local consultants and contractors through a collaborative process of working in partnership. The practice understands the need for design to embrace wider social and environmental responsibilities, this is never more apparent than when working in developing nations. JCA’s continued history through Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Pacific is a reflection of a larger philosophical agenda adopted by staff of being a part of positive change.

JCA has developed long standing relationships with clients based on mutual respect and understanding of the design outcomes through the client focused philosophy adopted by the practice. Working in collaboration with clients has driven JCA to strive for design excellence in all our projects balanced with achieving value for money outcomes that provide operational, functional and aesthetic goals. Our ability to work with clients on both small and large projects whilst maintaining the level of quality expected by Institutions and Governments alike has allowed the practice to focus on specific sectors within the Industry.

JCA seeks to develop architecture equally of its place and time with careful consideration towards contextual responses both social and environmental. The practice has considerable experience working abroad or in isolated locations and has established a reputation for being able deliver realistic high quality design outcomes within the confines of differing cultures, skills and climates. Our ability to adapt to the specifics of each project type, budget, client expectation and defined architectural outcome without compromising on quality remains the key philosophical ambition of JCA. Working together with our Clients has allowed the practice to flourish – Our success in developing responsible, innovative and creative designs has been through a partnership of a skilled team, enthusiastic, knowledgeable clients and a common goal to achieve the best possible outcome.