“I believe that architecture should always have strong and relevant conceptual beginnings by reflecting the needs of the client, site, brief and end user.”
JAMIE IRVINE ASSOCIATE REGISTERED ARCHITECT (UK) jamiei@ignitearchitects.com

Good architecture inspires people’s lives.

I believe that architecture should always have strong and relevant conceptual beginnings by reflecting the needs of the client, site, brief and end user. The build-ability and the financial success of a project are as important as maintaining the original design intent.

After completing my Masters, my wife and I moved to London and spent seven years there. The international experience I gained was invaluable. I was working on complicated projects from early on in my career.

One of these was the super prime residential refurbishment of Falcon House in Westminster. It is an 11 storey, 23 bedroom Victorian mansion. I was involved in all the major milestones over five years, converting a gutted shell into an ultra-luxury home for one family.

Having been raised in Christchurch, I have a strong connection to the region. It’s an exciting time to live here and there are so many opportunities for the city, and for us as architects contributing to the rebuild.

We’re really enjoying being back home and making the most of the simple things – like good weather, having a decent backyard and space for the kids to run around.

If I get some time to myself, you’ll usually find me making things or working on some sort of project. I really like the challenge of reusing and building only with what’s on-hand.