Jackson Architecture uses a rather conventional working method, which is pragmatic and functional oriented. In a search to foster distinctive urban spaces, our design approach is strongly related to the context of the location, its built environment and cultural values of a neighborhood, city or region.

In small design teams, we deliver content in interaction with clients and stakeholders, by interpreting complex interactions between the physical, social and economic conditions of each site, leading to customized proposals for its specific development.

The projects of JA are characterized by interventions on the level of an individual building, a city block or community, interspersed with design solutions for a city district or urban region. Central in our philosophy is a commitment to create collective spaces as public meeting place for citizens, which stimulate city life and increase the social and economical benefits of the city.

Our ideal is to design in such a form, that the results endure content and time.

The focus of each design is to emphasize structural order in program, themes and typology to achieve clear and vivid solutions for the built and non-build environment.

Global warming and climate change have progressive implications on buildings, public realm and communities. Within our office, we are anticipating on a new paradigm to create more sustainable and resilient environments. The challenge is to design future urban living environments that become more durable, among others for water and climate. JA has the obligation to design sustainable systems with a reduced ecological footprint, thus improving quality of the  living environment.

In our aim to nurture the dialogue with clients and stimulating an open and interactive design attitude, JA developed relevant guidelines to accompany the visioning and design process on different architectural levels. These are the starting points for each new design challenge.


Usage for people / people-oriented

In China, our assumption is that there is a shift towards smaller scale projects and regeneration of inner city projects. In the approach for urban density, we aim for smaller city blocks to create a denser network of streets, squares and alleys, thus stimulating city life and increase the economical benefits of the city.


Variety and uniformity

The urban environment is a living organism. By diversifying the mixture in city environments and arrange flexibility in program, we aim for creating new and attractive built environments.


Identity with the location

No single project is the same. Every project has a customized approach, based on the given conditions for landscape, geography, climate and the specific built environment in where the project is located. In a quick scan, we bring all the details of the location into focus and use as committed for the design task.


Hierarchy in the build form

Informality and disorder leads to mystery and encounters in the city fabric. From our experience, these are mostly the more vibrant, bustling and lively city environments. In order to avoid chaos, the formal structure (landmark buildings or sightlines / views) and the more informal city parts of the city are in balance to achieve clear orientation, which leads to highly accessible and economic efficient neighborhoods.


Energy efficiency / ecological design

Environmental design is a major design task in China, but not yet recognized by the vast majority of governments and real estate. Our aim is to develop urban plans and architectural designs, capturing basic sustainable requirements related to climate change, such as principles for waterproof cities, recycling of materials, waste and energy neutral buildings.

Jackson Architecture also aims for compact building strategies, with a mix of programs. A compact city model shortens commuter traveling and strengthens the use of public transport. Energy savings in the long run is the driving force for many of our projects.