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Neal Mackintosh

Neal Mackintosh Named Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects

January 8, 2021

Congratulations to our Director Neal Mackintosh, for recently being elevated to a fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects.

“Australian Institute of Architects Fellowships are given to members who have demonstrated a significant contribution to the architecture profession beyond architecture practice.

Neal is an experienced senior practitioner and has been working in both Tasmania and Victoria for the last 30 years. He has practiced with JAWS Architects, where he is now a managing director, after commencing as a graduate. Neal registered as an architect in Tasmania in 1993 and his outstanding design skills have contributed to a number of design awards, both in Tasmania and Victoria. Neal’s broad experience covers residential, commercial, and institutional, and he responds to design issues with creativity and sensitivity to issues of place, producing work that expresses a strong connection between architecture and the landscape.

Neal has been actively involved in the Tasmanian Chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects for over 25 years and has served as both chair and member of many committees over this time, including the Tasmanian Chapter Membership Committee. He was a Chapter Councillor from 200 until 2008, held the role of Chapter President between 2005 – 2007, and served as Honorary Treasurer at National Council in the same period. He has leant his expertise to several juries, including the Victorian Chapter Architecture Awards Public Buildings Jury in 2015, and was the Jury Chair for the Tasmanian Architecture Awards in 2018. Neal has, and continues to be, a Board of Architects / AACA assessor, and currently sits on the Tasmanian Chapter Awards Task Group”.

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Tasmanian Architecture 2020 - Interior Architecture Chapter Award

Tasmanian Architecture 2020 – Interior Architecture Chapter Award

June 15, 2020

JAWS Interiors along with JAWS Architects are thrilled that the Legislative Council Chamber received a 2020 Chapter Award for Interior Architecture.


Thank you to our clients and consultants, we are so proud of the outcome for these modifications to this significant heritage place.


The Tasmanian Jury commented, “JAWS Interiors in collaboration with JAWS Architects have meticulously adapted the 1856 Tasmanian Legislative Council Chambers to bring the internalised space up to 21st century working standards….. The architects are to be commended for their subtle insertions within the highly intact and significant Victorian interior. The project is an exemplar of a sympathetic response to upgrading civic spaces”.




VOS Construction and Joinery Pty Ltd – Builder

Andrew Sutherland Consulting Engineers – Lighting Consultant

Upholstery Rehab – Upholstery

Michael Small Pty Ltd – Access Consultant

Southern Lighting & Distribution – Lighting Supplier


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Croydon Town Square

Croydon Town Square

March 25, 2020

JAWS Architects in association with Hansen Partnership were engaged as a part of Maroondah City Council’s ongoing commitment to providing public spaces and facilities that accommodate the diverse needs of the community.

This new, dynamic and flexible space provides a high level of amenity, allowing traders and the community to meet, engage and participate in activities designed to strengthen the local community and create a civic ‘heart’ of Croydon.
Our role was to design the new public toilets, change area and clock tower within the Croydon Town Square.


Photography by Andrew Lloyd

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2020 jury

Meet the 2020 Tasmanian Architecture Awards Jury

March 18, 2020

Meet the 2020 Tasmanian Architecture Awards Jury:

Lucy Burke-Smith (Jury Chair) RAIA | @purcell.architecture
Bevan Rees FRAIA | Bevan Rees Architect
Will Harkness RAIA | @jawsarchitects
Bek Verrier RAIA | @bencemulcahy
Bernadette Wilson | @dia_national

Official presentations to the jury will be held on Saturday 29 February from 10am – 4.30pm.

Register your interest here:

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Kingston Beach Facilities

Now complete

March 18, 2020

Kingston Beach is a highly utilised recreational space for the Kingborough municipality, especially popular during the warmer summer months. The beach is home to the Kingston Beach Surf Life Saving Club and a focus for many water-based events and community activities.

JAWS Architects was engaged by Kingborough Council to prepare a Master Plan to guide redevelopment of a site adjacent to the beach, containing a decrepit toilet block which needed replacing. The commission not only included the design and documentation of new all-access toilets, showers and changeroom facilities, but to also facilitate co-location of storage and support facilities for the Surf Club to assist with their beach patrol service.

The buildings are straight-forward and robust, sitting on a plinth and pushed to the southern boundary to provide an active, open and sunny forecourt, with hand basins and showers placed under a timber shade structure.

Pedestrian and vehicle movements are separated, with bicycle racks available for both public and surf club use.

A pre-cast concrete base provides a continuous datum, with open timber slats providing security and allowing natural light and ventilation above the cubicles.

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Nicholas Drive Residence Update

Progress Update

March 18, 2020

More progress shots of the Nicholas Drive Residence.

The external cladding now complete.

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Pumphouse Point Shorehouse Addition

Pumphouse Point Featured by Hunting For George.

March 18, 2020

Great to see our Pumphouse Point Retreat & Shorehouse Addition projects featured by Hunting for George.

Link available here:


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2020 Fairbrother Charity Ride

2020 Fairbrother Charity Ride

January 13, 2020

Fairbrother Devonport – Hobart Charity Ride.

JAWS Director, Neal Mackintosh is one of a small group of around 20 cyclists participating in the inaugural Fairbrother Devonport – Hobart Charity Ride on February 15-16th 2019.

The event is a two day, 358km ride with 4800m of climbing, starting in Devonport and finishing atop kunanyi / Mt Wellington with the intention on raising funds for the Fairbrother Foundation, which is a not-for-profit Private Ancillary Fund.

If anyone would like to assist with a donation, no matter how small, please email Neal on and he can provide you with payment details.

For more information on the fundraiser visit:

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Merry Christmas JAWS Architects New year

Merry Christmas!

December 23, 2019

Wishing you a happy Christmas and a safe New Year from the team at JAWS ARCHITECTS.

Our office will be closed from today, Monday the 23rd of December through to Monday the 6th of January.

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