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CONTEMPORARY architecture by Perth-based firm Jones Coulter Young has been recognised in a book, titled New Directions in Australian Architecture.

Jones Coulter Young was the only Western Australian firm to feature in the book, which documents contemporary architecture using examples from 14 of Australia’s most provocative architects.

Compiled by writer Philip Goad and photographer and publisher Patrick Bingham-Hall, New Directions details the achieve-ments of relatively young firms and illustrates a generational shift in design and philosophy over the past decade.

JCY director Andrew Rogerson said the firm was proud of its inclusion in the book.

“We feel extremely privileged that our work was considered worthy to be included in this book, and we feel even more privileged that we were the only Perth firm included,” Mr Rogerson said.

JCY projects such as the award-winning Learmonth International Airport in Exmouth, the Edith Cowan University’s Science and Health Building in Joondalup and the Old Tannery in Fremantle are detailed in New Directions.

Newly-appointed JCY director Libby Guj said the firm took many issues into account when approaching a new project.

“JCY has worked hard to establish its own approach to architecture. This vision has demanded that we are involved in more than just a building’s design and I think this is one of the most important changes in the direction of architecture,” Ms Guj said.

“Our philosophy and approach to a new building takes into account social issues, such as changing community attitudes, values and behaviours and examines in detail how people from different cultures and community groups will interact with a building.

“It also demands being at the forefront of technology and creatively embracing the techno-logical innovations that are continuously on offer within our industry.”

Mr Rogerson said the firm aimed to create ecologically sustainable buildings.

“Our firm is not really stylistically orientated. Rather we bring good architectural solutions to each project and lately that has involved doing ecologically sustainable projects,” he said.

“Ecologically sustainable in as much as designing energy systems to use as little energy as possible to make the building run.

“We are looking at low energy lighting systems, solar orientation of the buildings, openable windows where possible, making sure the building’s cladding is well insulated.

“Climate specific solutions have become a focus in our work.”

The directors of the Perth firm, which employs 25 people, had worked together for more than 10 years before officially launching themselves as JCY in 1995.

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