Covid-19 update

As the national response to the COVID-19 pandemic evolves we will continue to take steps to ensure everyone can stay healthy and safe when we meet with you.

It is still important that you inform us in advance if anyone in your contact group is unwell, or self-isolating because they are at risk of becoming unwell.

Unfortunately, we will be unable to attend in person if anyone in your contact group is unwell or in self-isolation. We will of course treat this information in strict confidence and will be happy to reschedule your appointment for another time, or meet virtually via an online method.

You might also like to know about the measures John Cameron Architects has taken to manage the risks of exposure to COVID-19 when we visit our clients.  These include;

  • increased hygiene measures
  • physical distancing
  • conducting meetings outside whenever possible.

Please help us to manage the risks to the health and safety of everyone by cooperating with the measures we have outlined above. Do the same things for us that you are doing to keep your own family and friends healthy and well. This includes frequent hand washing, covering your nose and mouth when you need to cough or sneeze with the crook of your arm or clean tissue and observing rules for physical distancing.

Summer Recess 2020

Our office will be in summer recess this year from December 21 until January 18.  Wishing you a safe and happy festive season.

Our Privacy Policy

The practice Privacy Policy

1. Your privacy is respected

This practice’s policy outlines how personal information provided by you or collected by the practice about you is used and managed.
The practice is bound by the National Privacy Principles contained in the Privacy Amendment (Private Sector) Act 2000.
The practice will review and update this Privacy Policy on a regular basis.

2. What personal information is collected and how?

The type of information collected and retained by the practice includes personal information, including sensitive information about:
• practices
• job applicants
• staff members
• contractors; and
• other people who come into contact with the practice.

2.1 Personal information personally provided

The practice collects personal information held about an individual by way of forms filled out, face-to-face meetings and interviews, telephone calls, facsimiles, emails and delivery of services.

2.2 Personal information provided by other people

In some circumstances, the practice may receive personal information about an individual from a third party, for example, referrals.

3. Employee records exemption

The practice’s Privacy Policy does not apply, in relation to the practice’s treatment of an employee record, where the treatment is directly related to a current or former employment between the employee and the practice.

4. The practice’s use of personal information personally provided

The primary purpose of collection is for the sole use of the practice informing you of its services, programs and product offerings and to enable the practice to provide information/services to practices and for such other secondary purposes that are related to the primary purpose of collection and can reasonably be expected to so relate, or to which you have personally consented.

The purposes for which this practice uses personal information include:
• to keep you informed about matters related to the practice’s activities through correspondence, emails, facsimiles, newsletters and magazines
• day-to-day activities
• looking after the practice’s interests; and
• information.

5. Job applicants and contractors

In relation to personal information of job applicants and contractors, the practice’s primary purpose of collection is to assess the applicant or contractor.

6. Marketing

The practice’s marketing functions support the growth and development of the practice. Personal information will not be disclosed to an organisation that assists in marketing.

7. Who might the practice disclose personal information to?

The practice may disclose personal information (including sensitive information) held about an individual to:
• another architectural practice
• government departments; and
• anyone you authorise the practice to disclose information to.

8. Sending information overseas

The practice will not send personal information about an individual outside Australia without:
• obtaining the individual’s consent; or
• complying with the National Privacy Principles.

9. How does the practice treat sensitive information?

Information relating to a person’s racial or ethnic origins, political opinions, religion, trade union or other professional or trade association membership, sexual preferences or criminal record, that is also personal information; and health information about an individual is sensitive and will be used and disclosed only for the purpose for which it was provided or a directly related secondary purpose, unless you agree otherwise, or the use or disclosure of the sensitive information is allowed by law.

10. Management and security of personal information

The practice’s staff are, as a condition of their employment, expected to respect the confidentiality of personal information and the privacy of individuals.
The practice has a system to protect the personal information it retains.

11. Personal information update

The practice tries to ensure that the personal information it retains is accurate, complete and up-to-date. To update their personal information a person may contact the Privacy Officer during office hours 9:00am to 5:00pm Monday to Friday.

12. You can check with the practice about what personal information it retains about you.

An individual has the right to obtain access to any personal information the practice retains and to advise of any perceived inaccuracy.
Please contact the privacy officer in writing if you wish to obtain access.

13. Enquiries

Mail: The Privacy Officer
John Cameron Architects Pty Ltd
PO Box 371

Tiny Offices on Wheels

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Tiny Office on Wheels – Solo cutaway view

In 2020 more of us have started working from home, either by choice or by necessity. Our homes are typically not well set up for use as workplaces, particularly if there is more than one person needing to work or study, not to mention the risk of being Zoom-bombed by a partner, child or pet! A Tiny Office on Wheels might be just the solution you need?

Many of us are by now acutely aware that the kitchen counter, dining table and/or media room are not the most ergonomic or even practical of work areas. Working from bed gets ordinary very quickly too.

It may be possible to renovate part of your home to adapt it to better suit work requirements, but how long will you need to, or want to, continue working from home? Is it a good idea to spend money making changes that may only be needed for maybe a year, maybe less? Is there even a suitable space to convert?

If you are sure that you will need to be more often working from home in the foreseeable future, and you have the space to convert without compromising the functioning of your home, then a fully integrated home office is possibly the way to go.
On the other hand, if you only need something to tide you over until “the new normal” sets in, whatever that may be, and you have space on your land, a Tiny Office on Wheels might be just the solution for you.

Tiny Office on Wheels - Solo

Tiny Office on Wheels – Solo

Work/life balance

A free-standing office will also help you to separate work and family life. This is perfect for those who frequently participate in on-line meetings, need telephone privacy, and/or have work related visitors. A free-standing office also means you can still “go to work” and perhaps more importantly, go home again at the end of the day. This helps to maintain a routine and preserve work/life balance.

Our recent web-searches for portable offices turned up a great many products on offer that are firmly in the portable-cabin/site shed category. Great for construction sites and muddy boots, but not such a good look inside or out for a suburban setting. To address what we perceive to be a gap in the market we have been exploring design concepts for high quality Tiny Offices on Wheels.

Like a Tiny Home, a Tiny Office presents inside and out to the same standard as a new home or suburban office. These offices are transportable, so they arrive on-site almost ready to go, with minimal installation. If access is tight they can even be craned in to your back yard.

When associated with your home Tiny Offices don’t necessarily need to be plumbed in as you can use the kitchen and bathroom in your home. This saves time and money. Potentially the only connection you will need is electricity. This may even be in the form of a caravan-style power lead.

Solar panels and battery storage are also an option if you want to be completely autonomous.

Larger footprint designs can be configured to include toilets, bathrooms and kitchen facilities, however, the more features you include the higher the build cost, as well as the added costs for services connections.

The most basic offices are really quite simple buildings, which helps to keep the pricing reasonable.

Being portable, these buildings can also move if you do, or be sold off and removed if no longer needed.  Local government planning codes may apply. We can assist you to obtain all necessary approvals.

Testing the market

We have developed three variations on the Tiny Office on Wheels theme to test the market;

The Solo at 4 metres long (8.6 square metres internally):

Tiny Office on Wheels - Solo

Tiny Office on Wheels – “The Solo”

The Tandem at 5 metres (10.8 square metres internally):

Tiny Office on Wheels - Tandem

Tiny Office on Wheels – “The Tandem”

Tiny Office on Wheels - Tandem

The Tandem cutaway

The eXecutive at 6 metres (13 square metres internally) including a toilet:

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Tiny Office on Wheels – “The eXecutive”

Tiny Office on Wheels - eXecutive

The eXecutive cutaway

The Solo is perfect for one, with space for hosting small meetings:

Tiny Office on Wheels - Solo interior

The Solo interior

The bigger layouts can accommodate two permanent work-stations, or simply provide a more spacious workplace for one.

Tiny Office on Wheels - Tandem interior

The Tandem interior

Tiny Office on Wheels - eXecutive interior

The eXecutuve interior

Endless possibilities

You don’t have to choose any of our trial layouts – let us customise one for you. Bespoke design is what we do, so the possibilities are endless.

Our core values include sustainable and ethically sourced low VOC finishes and support for local manufacturing. Inclusions shown are for illustrative purposes only. We can customise Interior layouts, features and appointments to meet your needs and budget.

Contact us now!

Member - Austrailan Tiny Houses Association

Summer Recess

Please note that we will be closed for a summer recess from Monday December 23, 2019.

We will be open for business from Monday January 6, 2020.

Have a happy and safe festive season.

Working with your architect

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In this post we outline our top tips for working with your architect to get the most benefit.

Have you ever watched Grand Designs or similar reality television shows? We sometimes see home owners taking on project management themselves to save money. This does not always end well, but it often makes for interesting viewing.

There is nothing more satisfying than seeing your ideas become reality. That sense of “I did this” is quite rightly something to be proud of. We get that. We’re here to help you.

Check out some of our testimonials to get a sense of past client’s experiences.

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Tip number one: Relax.

“Relax.” Easy to say, sometimes hard to do? Design is a process that takes time. The most important thing to remember up front is that you don’t need to know everything from the start. This is because the design process, done well, will bring all the pieces of the puzzle together in the end.

We sometimes get a sketch plan, layout, and/or image(s) from our clients along with words to the effect of, “this is exactly what we want.”  The implication is that by being so specific and providing clear instructions it will save time and money. It is great to be prepared and we really appreciate that, but to get the most value from working with your architect you need to engage with them, not just direct them. Relax and go with the flow. Allow us to add value.

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Tip number two: Preparation.

If you are inclined to draw your own plans, by all means do so. Just remember we will treat them as a starting point, not the be all and end all. Drawing or collecting plans, scrap-booking images, visiting home shows and display homes are all great preparation activities. The more that you do before our first meeting the better prepared you will be to brief us.

We have a Houzz page where we can collaborate with shared ideas books.  This allows you to collect your scrap-book of ideas and share it with us. Private ideas books are not visible to others unless we invite them to participate.  Once set up, we can look at your ideas and also share some of ours, which you can review in your own time.

We also have some Pinterest boards you might like to look at.

If that is not your thing, don’t worry, we can take the lead and present you with a range of ideas, options and possibilities as we work through your design process.

The jargon term architects use for the preparation phase is “writing the brief”.  We always start with understanding your brief.  We also know from experience that a brief will evolve as the design process progresses.  Some of the best outcomes are quite different from the original brief.  When that happens it means the process is working properly.

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Tip number three: Understand your appetite for risk.

Making or modifying buildings always carries some risk. It is one thing to take on a risk knowing that you are doing so. This happens all the time;  Crossing the road for example.

Most people are averse to taking on the unknown as the risk involved is by definition also unknown.

But how do we know what we don’t know?  This is where professional advisers can really add value.  We identify risks and help you to understand and manage them.

One of the early risks we seek to eliminate is “will I be able to do what I want to do on this parcel of land?”  We guide you through the process of identifying opportunities and constraints on your land and help reduce the risk of being knocked back when seeking approval to build.

Another common fear is the risk of a budget blow-out.  What if you have committed to a project and the costs keep rising and rising?  We have tried and true strategies for helping clients manage their project costs.

If you have a huge appetite for risk, fantastic; Lets go for it!

If you have little or no appetite for risk, then you should strongly consider appointing a professional to help manage it with you.

JCA_Taringa Forest_working with your architectSumming up: Working with your architect to get the most benefit.

  • Give us a mandate to add maximum value to your project.
  • We do this by listening to your ideas and understanding your goals.
  • We guide you through a design process that will open up new possibilities and hone in on the aspects that really matter to you.
  • Along the way we help you to manage risks and keep your project on track.

Our commitment to you is that we will strive to add more value to your project than the fees we charge. We do this by bringing our training, experience and creativity to the table.  We implement a design process to ensure nothing is overlooked.  Further, we are flexible in the range of services we provide based on your desired level of “hands-on”.

Our aim is to make working with us as your architect a journey of delight and reward.

Get in touch to arrange an initial no-cost, no-obligation consultation where we can explore the possibilities for working together on your project.