Jigsaw pieces & positive change

Tom, Andy and Jenny want to let everybody know that they have decided to make some changes to the business structure.

We are splitting into separate enterprises. All staff will remain employed and current clients will experience virtually no change. Architecture, Science and Construction will continue to collaborate and our philosophy – to simplify the sustainable design and building process to create comfortable, clever, energy-efficient homes – remains a shared ideal.

The integrated Jigsaw model (architecture + science + construction) has been highly effective. We filled a gap in the market and demand for our services has continued to grow steadily. However, this year we found that our tri-disciplinary structure and increased size was, in some ways, reducing our flexibility to respond to new opportunities or pursue personal interests.

We see the restructure as exciting and positive. It will enable a wider audience to access our science, design or build services: individually or in an integrated fashion.

  • Tom now runs 35 Degrees and specialises in energy efficient project homes.
  • Andy is establishing an enterprise called Think Make Enjoy.

Tom Henderson, Andrew Verri, Jenny Edwards

Claire's creative masterpiece

We love it when our clients are passionate about making their home a personal masterpiece!

During the construction of her Jigsaw home, Claire began to plan something creative for the external wall visible from her kitchen and lounge – a back drop to her lovely outdoor entertaining area.

Jigsaw completed her home earlier this year, and once Claire was settled in she contacted artist Voir to work on a mural for her. Voir is a Canberra based independent artist specialising in aerosol art. He is really happy with how the mural turned out and really enjoyed the opportunity to branch out from his usual line of urban artworks.

Claire had great vision for integrating creative elements throughout her home and garden. She’s been incredibly busy landscaping, sourcing interesting furniture, and placing artworks. We cannot wait to see the finished product. Professional photos of the competed home will be up on our website in the coming months. In the meantime, here is a sneak peak of the mural, we think it is fabulous!

Sharing the knowledge

This week Jenny – Jigsaw Scientist, and Sarah – Jigsaw Architect, gave a lecture to the Sustainable Architecture students at the University of Canberra.

Sarah presented her Top Ten Tips for a sustainable home in the Canberra region. Jenny discussed Jigsaw’s unique collaborative approach and explained the science behind energy rating schemes and achieving the best ‘bang for buck’. A key focus of the lecture was to emphasis the critical thinking needed to approach every individual project, climate, and site, in order to have all elements of the home working in synergy. We hope the students can apply principles from our niche area of expertise to the vast range of projects they have ahead of them.

You can view the lecture online here

Jigsaw 'women in construction' awarded

Celebrating the achievements of women in the local construction industry, the ACT Chapter NAWIC (National Association of Women in Construction) Awards for Excellence were announced on Friday night.

We are very excited to announce that Jigsaw Director and Scientist, Jenny Edwards, was awarded the Outstanding in Industry Award, and architect, Sarah Lebner, received the Future Leader Award.

Their outstanding contributions to Jigsaw and the greater construction industry are certainly achievements to be proud of. Well done Jenny and Sarah, Jigsaw are thrilled to celebrate your achievements with you!