Allen Jack+Cottier

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Allen Jack+Cottier (AJ+C) is an architectural practice with offices in Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Ho Chi Minh City, Kuala Lumpur, Beijing and Shanghai.

AJ+C provide a wide range of professional services in the related disciplines of architecture, heritage conservation and adaptive reuse, and urban, interior, and graphic design.

John Allen began the firm in 1952 and in 1956 formed a partnership with his university friend Russell Jack. The firm was initially called John Allen and Russel C Jack but in 1964 an architect named Keith Cottier was promoted to partner and the firm was renamed Allen Jack + Cottier.

Partners[edit]

John Allen’s father encouraged him to become a solicitor and in he was accepted into University of Sydney’s Law School in 1945. A year later Allen’s interest in art and design prompted him to instead enrol in Architecture at Sydney Technical College. To gain practical experience during his six-year course Allen worked for Fowell & Mansfield until late 1948 and then for Rudder, Littlemore & Rudder. An economic downturn in 1951-1952 saw Allen redundant and lead to him to become a sole practitioner by July, 1952. Initially Allen limited his work to small-scale additions and alterations for friends and family. His first significant entirely new project was a house completed in Vancouver street, Red Hill, Australian Capital Territory.

Russel Callum Jack was a contemporary of Allen’s at Sydney Technical College and with him at Rudder, Littlemore & Rudder whilst completing his studies. Jack aspired to be an architect from a young age and during his years in the Royal Australian Air Force he studied building construction and freehand drawing by correspondence. Jack won many prizes after graduation including the prestigious Byera Hadley Travelling Scholarship. In May 1952 Jack set off with fellow architects to London where he worked for Tripe & Wakeham Architecture Firm for a few months, his work there included a harem for the Sheik of Kuwait. During his time in Europe he travelled through the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, France, Italy, Denmark, Norway and Sweden. This experience developed and broadened Jack’s understanding of townscapes and urban spaces. Upon Jacks return to Australia he gained more professional experience at Rudder, Littlemore & Rudder for two years.

In July 1956 John Allen and Russel Jack formed an equal partnership. For the first few years their clientele was relatively small limited to Allen focusing on some factory designs and Jack designing a few houses. Allen’s pre-fabricated steel design for Wolfe Electric Tools Factory 1957, at Homebush was the basis for future industrial structures, notably QANTAS and Keith Cottier’s Domaine Chandon. Keith Cottier joined the firm in 1957, Allen and Jack recognised Cottier’s prominent architectural talent after seeing his designs for Clubbe Hall and shortly after Cottier was made partner. In 1964 the firm was renamed Allen Jack + Cottier.

Awards[edit]

Allen Jack + Cottier's awards include these featured below. For the entire list of awards visit Allen Jack + Cottier Awards

Year Award Project
2011 Urban Development Institute of Australia QLD(UDIA),

- Winner - Medium to Large Density Development

SW1 South bank Urban Village (A1@SW1),

Brisbane, QLD

2011 Master Builders National Excellence in Building and Construction Awards,

- Winner - National Commercial / Industrial Construction Award, under 5M

Milson Island Sport and Recreation Hall,

Milson Island, NSW

2011 Timber Design Awards,

- High Commendation - Interior Fitout Award, Commercial

Milson Island Sport and Recreation Hall,

Milson Island, NSW

2011 Houses Awards,

- High Commendation - House Alteration & Addition under 200sqm

Glass Loggia House,

Glebe, NSW

2011 Houses Awards,

- Winner - Outdoor Category

Garden of Ghosts at Glass Loggia House,

Glebe, NSW

2011 Planning Institute of Australia,

- Award for Urban Design

SW1 South bank Urban Village (A1@SW1),

Brisbane, QLD

2011 Australian Institute of Architects (AIA),

- Commendation - Public Architecture

Milson Island Sport and Recreation Hall,

Milson Island, NSW

2011 Viridian Vision Awards,

- Winner of Woodhead Award for Best Mixed Use Development

The Village Balgowlah,

Balgowlah, NSW

2011 Viridian Vision Awards,

- Winner of Commercial, Energy Efficient Award

Kerrie Murphy Building - International Grammar School, Sydney,

Ultimo, NSW

2010 Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA),

- National Landscape Architecture Urban Design Award of Excellence

The Village Balgowlah,

Balgowlah, NSW

2010 Master Builders Australia,

- National Award - Lifestyle Housing for Seniors

Hilcrest Village Stage One,

Wollongong, NSW

2010 Master Builders Australia,

- High Commendation - Excellence in Building

Hilcrest Village Stage One,

Wollongong, NSW

2010 Australian Institute of Architects (AIA),

- Commendation - Urban Design

The Village + Stockland Balgowlah,

Balgowlah, NSW

2010 Urban Land Institute - Asis Pacific Region,

- Award for Excellence

Rouse Hill Town Centre,

Rouse Hill, NSW

2010 Urban Development Institute of Australia NSW (UDIA),

- Winner in Medium Density Development

Pavilions on the Park,

St Leonards, NSW

2009 Master Builder Association of NSW (MBA),

- NSW Excellence in Housing Award - Category of Home Units

Sisters of Charity Project,

Shellharbour, NSW

2009 Property Council of Australia,

- Rider Levett Bucknall Award for Innovation and Excellence - Overall Winner

Rouse Hill Town Centre,

Rouse Hill, NSW

2009 Property Council of Australia,

- Pitney Bowes Business Insight Award for Shopping Centre Developments

Rouse Hill Town Centre,

Rouse Hill, NSW

2009 Urban Development Institute of Australia NSW (UDIA),

- Austral Bricks Award for Excellence - Masterplanned Mixed Use Development

Rouse Hill Town Centre,

Rouse Hill, NSW

2009 World Architecture Festival (WAF),

- Winner in Sport Category

Berry Sports and Recreation Centre,

Berry, NSW

2008 Australian Institute of Architects’ National Architecture Awards

- Walter Burley Griffin Award for Urban Design

Rouse Hill Town Centre, Rouse Hill,

Sydney, NSW

2008 HIA - Boral GreenSmart Award

- Development Design Concept of the Year

The Village, Balgowlah, Sydney,

NSW

2007 Gourmet Traveller Awards

- Winner, Best Spa and Health Retreat

Elysia Spa and Health Retreat, NSW
2007 Royal Australian Institute of Architects (RAIA)

- Blacket Prize for Regional Architecture, Commendation for Public Architecture, Commendation for Sustainable Architecture

Lake Ainsworth Recreation Hall, Lennox Head, NSW
2004 Royal Australian Institute of Architects (RAIA)

- NSW Winner, Winner Environmental Design, Energy Efficiency

Kogarah Town Square, Kogarah, NSW
2001 Royal Australian Institute of Architects (RAIA)

- ACT 25 Year Award

Cater House, Red Hill, ACT
1994 The Architecture Show Magazine (TAS)

- Unbuilt Home Design of the Year Award

Mary Anne Street, Ultimo, NSW
1986 Royal Australian Institute of Architects (RAIA)

- NSW Blacket Award for a Building of Outstanding Merrit

Claremont, Bellingen, NSW
1957 Royal Australian Institute of Architects (RAIA)

- Sulman Award for an Outstanding Public Building

Jack House, Wahroongah, NSW

Selected projects[edit]

Selected major projects, by year of completion:

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