MArch MELB, BA (Arch) UTS
“The critical factor is to put money where there is bang for buck; in places where you can elevate the human experience.”
Jordan knows what goes into making a great place. As the leader of ClarkeHopkinsClarke’s mixed-use and retail team, he creates destinations that are commercially successful and that generate long-lasting value for the wider communities in which they are located.
For the last decade, Jordan has contributed to the visioning, masterplanning and delivery of complex mixed-use precincts, shopping centres, town centres and new smart cities, both across Australia and internationally.
He takes a unique approach to each project, designing timeless and sculptural form, embedding a strong sense of place that draws from local context and character to ultimately create landmark destinations that have people at their heart.
Sydney born and bred, Jordan has recently returned to his roots, establishing the practice’s new Sydney office and expanding our ability to provide a continuation of ‘on-the-ground’ design services to our clients in New South Wales.
Prior to becoming a registered architect, Jordan worked as a model maker and a building labourer. These skills have manifested into a hands-on approach to design. Resourceful, quick thinking and practical, his style is characterised by active problem solving and curiosity-led investigation into a site’s possibilities. He has the ability to translate a clients vision into three dimensional space that will maximise the opportunities of a site and his commercial nous helps to mitigate risks, allows targeted allocation of budget and enables a high level of buildability from the outset.
Beyond his work as an architect, Jordan is passionate about engaging with and inspiring the next generation. He has recently been working on introducing a new personal development and mentoring course to schools in Sydney’s southern suburbs which will be a part of their 2019 curriculum. The course connects kids from the ‘suburbs’ with visionary people to help them to set goals, clarify their values and push the limits of what is possible.
ClarkeHopkinsClarke created the initial Eltham College master plan, and have continued as the only architect to work with the College, designing award winning facilities that have continually pushed the boundaries of education planning in Victoria.
Soho Village is a paradigm-shifting urban development embedded within a traditional sprawling growth area neighbourhood context. It is a cohesive, walkable and socially connected response to the urban context, that provides a strong sense of place and ‘community’.
Designing and masterplanning a centre is a complex exercise. A shopping centre is, fundamentally, an integral piece of community infrastructure, just like a road, a railway station, a school or hospital. When masterplanning you need to picture the centre in 10, 20, even 50 years' time. Jordan Curran reveals five interrelated considerations.
Australia’s population has recently ticked over 25 million, a decade earlier than predicted by the ABS in 1998. Growth, and the infrastructure to support it, is an ongoing topic of debate in every corner of Australia and with higher birth rates and immigration becoming the norm, growth within Australia is something that we need to be on the front-foot with.