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New Team Members

March 30, 2022

We are excited to have a group of talented graduates join the JAWS team over the past few months.

Coming from a broad range of backgrounds, we welcome Kaelan Durbin, Imogen Pinnington, Tian Yao (YT) and Eve Wamasuree and look forward to helping them grow to become future leaders of the profession over the coming years.

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Brighton High School

March 4, 2022

Brighton High School

JAWS in partnership with K2LD and HBV Architects are thrilled to announce the Tasmanian Government’s approval for the development of Brighton High School.

JAWS is continuing to nurture the future as we design and develop the state-of-the-art high school campus for up to 600 Tasmanian students – years 7-12. The brand-new Brighton High School will see an emphasis on contemporary indoor and outdoor learning spaces. These include cutting edge specialist facilities for performing and visual arts, science, technology, and sports, with a range of hybrid learning spaces in which students can learn, socialise, and grow as a community.

Throughout the design of the school, consideration has been given to how the facilities will engage and serve the wider Brighton community. We have thoroughly enjoyed working with the Department of Education and all stakeholder groups, with everyone involved recognising this project’s huge potential to positively impact the Brighton community now and into the future.

See the link below to read the Tasmanian Government’s press release and explore our Master Plan.

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Twin Sisters – Residential Design Concept

January 6, 2022

In response to the circa 1910 adjoining townhouses, JAWS Architects created the ‘Twin Sisters’ design concept, which references not only the past history of these homes but reflects the duality and personality of the two forms and how they might relate. JAWS was invited to design a concept for a major new addition to a pair of Launceston townhouses. In response to the circa 1910 adjoining townhouses, we created the ‘Twin Sisters’ design concept, which references not only the past history of these homes but reflects the duality and personality of the two forms and how they might relate.

The existing house as one sister, elderly, stoic, stately and private. The new veiled pavilion, the other sister, transparent, open, timeless, young and social. The most important space within the proposed design represents the relationship between the two sisters, the internal courtyard. A space which mediates the relationship between the two, that unites and activates all the periphery spaces. Our design idea is a simple one, a communal shared courtyard that allows for views, breezes and connections between and across the spaces. This allows for the two structures (sisters) to be read separately and the materiality and qualities of each to be accentuated. The central courtyard will allow for a safe and easy access large outdoor area off the social spaces of the design, and as your daughters age and grow they can transition to the lower garden areas as each becomes more independent.

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Calvin Christian School

December 22, 2021

Calvin Christian School, located in Kingston, is undergoing upgrades to their multi-purpose hall. In collaboration with the school, JAWS have designed a number of works which include creating a new covered entry area and music room. The focus of the upgrade is on creating a performance space of improved quality than the current facility. It will be used for senior and junior school drama, performances and presentation.




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Fiona Graham – Senior Associate

December 12, 2021

Congratulations to Fiona Graham on recently being appointed as a JAWS Senior Associate. A team member since 2002, Fiona is known for her delivery of excellent client service and is passionate about creating great projects for clients, the communities in which they sit and minimising their impact on the environment.

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100 Unique Stays – Australian Traveller

November 25, 2021

JAWS Architects is proud to have two projects feature in Australian Traveller’s annual list of 100 unique stays.  The Three Capes Track Huts recognised as an eco-friendly nature stay, noted as ‘cutting edge in terms of remote comfort and eco design’.  Movenpick Hotel was also selected in the City stays category, with the JAWS designed rooms described as ‘contemporary, refined and generous’. Additionally, the ‘upper rooms in particular are rich in panorama (harbour and kunanyi/Mt Wellington views). Visit Australian Traveller to view the whole list!


Photography: Brett Boardman (Three Capes), Adam Gibson (Movenpick)

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Tasmanian Veterinary Hospitals – Bellerive

November 4, 2021

JAWSARCHITECTS has helped Tasmanian Veterinary Hospitals re-imagine their Bellerive facility, which will begin construction later this year.

Prioritising the care of animals and comfort of owners and staff, the improved spatial layout will include a dedicated dog and cat waiting area, four additional consulting rooms and a surgical recovery area.

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Bruny Island Hotel

September 15, 2021

Completed in 2018, the much-loved Bruny Island Hotel accommodation villas are set to expand! Due to demand, the success of the design and amenities offered, JAWS has been given the opportunity to implement an additional five structures.

Building upon feedback from both the hotel operators and customers, JAWS has a unique opportunity to tweak and improve the already successful accommodation. Each additional retreat will retain an expansive view of the D’Entrecaseaux Channel, a cosy window seat and private sheltered deck.

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Channel Christian School GLA Addition

September 6, 2021

Preceding the gymnasium addition to the Channel Christian School, two new modular classrooms were designed and completed in 2020.

Utilising JAWS extensive knowledge in modular construction, along with clever use of materiality, the structure was to appear permanent and not at all like a demountable. The moveable nature of the structure allows the school flexibility, with the potential to move to another one of the school’s campuses if required.

The use of long-lasting materials and subdued colours were in response to the semi-rural setting. A large solid timber awning and north-facing covered deck creates a great outdoor learning space and connects the classroom with the outdoor areas.

Neutral interior spaces with soaring ceiling lines and ample natural light creates a fantastic learning environment throughout the new build.

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