“You need constraints to produce good architecture”. Often people say: ‘the project has no budget; it’s impossible’. But you know what? That just presents opportunity in my books. Nothing happens in life when things are easy. Adversity causes innovation and good things to happen.”
Born in the Blue Mountains (NSW, Australia) Jerome is characterised by his calm leadership, distinctive creativity and ability to lead vast projects, from inception through to fully operational, with unruffled assurance. Committed to sustainability, Jerome’s upbringing – in an architectural family – led to his innate sense of beautiful design. A trip to the Pompidou Centre (Paris) when he was six created an indelible connection with outstanding modern architecture that cemented his life’s course.
Jerome graduated from Sydney’s University of Technology after a degree which included concurrent architectural work in a practice. Early in his career, he worked in two contrasting Sydney practices – the first with a young up-and-coming firm with very tight budgets, and the second a well-established practice, where he designed opulent single family dwellings and multi-storey residences. Both practices were amongst the city’s most celebrated architecture practices.
Moving to the UK, Jerome worked for two more exceptional practices – one of them an offshoot practice of world renowned architect's firm, Zaha Hadid. During the seven years he was in London, he worked on a wide variety of projects from small bars to public private partnership projects for the London Underground. He also led a £26 million apartment development in central London.
Back in New Zealand, Jerome has led, or been central to, a number of major projects in the civic and education sectors. He also led work on the Merchant Quarter – a vast mixed-use development in New Lynn, Auckland. During his time at Jasmax, Jerome has helped formalise many quality assurance processes with an emphasis on design, and set up a specialist architectural support team known as the Knowledge & Innovation team. Today, Jerome is a co-leader of Jasmax’s education studio, specialising in the delivery of primary and secondary schools.
Optimistic and warmly personable, Jerome’s passion for promoting design collaboration between disciplines and sectors culminates in the project design critiques he organises, he says:
“We have hit a sweet spot in terms of the many talents and experiences of the people we have at Jasmax. I enjoy working to bring them together; to add their specialist knowledge to projects; to make sure what we’re designing makes sense across all disciplines.”