Blending international experience with local knowledge

Niimori Jamison is an architectural practice based in Ballarat and Melbourne, with strong international links. Directors, James Jamison and Yudai Niimori, met while studying architecture in Switzerland, gaining their Masters of Architecture at RMIT and USI Switzerland. Together they have a wide range of experience and skills, from working in Australia, Switzerland, Japan and India in related industries – Yudai as a furniture and interior designer in Japan, while James, who grew up in Ballarat, worked in carpentry and concrete form-work.

Their credentials as architects is impressive having trained under award winning architects including Peter Zumthor, Valerio Olgiati, tUG Workshop and Freedman White. Both Yudai and James share a passion for architecture that is elegant, atmospheric and contextual and have experience in residential, commercial, institutional and interior architecture. In addition, they are well-versed in Passive House building design, the premier system for designing and building energy-efficient buildings, ideal for cold climates like Ballarat.

Their practice is solidly based in Ballarat, although Yudai still maintains a working profile in Japan.  Asked what brought them back to the city, James said “We were attracted to Ballarat for it’s low-key, down-to-earth people – it’s largely untapped architectural and cultural potential, plus the beautiful historical architecture and landscape.” Adding, “We’d like to further the field of architecture in Ballarat. Melbourne is becoming somewhat stifling and overdeveloped in a hasty, developer-centric way and losing some of its character as a result. Architects should do their best to guide the way new architecture integrates in the urban fabric providing for contemporary contrast that frames and highlights historical elements within the city.” This philosophy is integral to their work in Ballarat as James and Yudai are both passionate about the region.

Their work blends thoughtful, contemporary design with the rich architecture, history and landscape that is so strong in the region. As a young team looking ahead, James said “Hopefully our practice will be well integrated in the community with us working on a range of projects – residential, public, commercial and other areas.”