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08 08 2016

Vale Alastair Hall Swayn

Alastair Swayn sadly passed away on August 4th, 2016 following a courageous battle for over 18 months with a brain tumour. His great courage and dignity throughout his illness was inspirational

Alastair has lived and practiced Architecture in Canberra and beyond for over 40 years.

In 1979, Daryl Jackson established an office in Canberra to deliver a number of projects. Alastair joined the Canberra office at this time and in 1981 was appointed the Canberra Practice Manager.

Alastair became a director in 1987, and Daryl Jackson Alastair Swayn Pty Ltd (DJAS) was established. A testimony to Alastair’s wide ranging talents as an architect, communicator, manager and contributor to life in Canberra, DJAS grew to become a leading architectural firm, recognised for its commitment to high quality, intelligent design.

He was highly respected by his peers, appointed the inaugural ACT Government Architect in 2010, a role he embraced and concluded in only February of this year.

He developed strong relationships with Canberra’s bureaucracy, its universities, the business sector and the arts community. Reflecting his qualities of loyalty and kindness, Alastair had many close friends who will undoubtedly miss him, as will we all at Jackson Architecture.

His untiring commitment and focus has meant that his legacy will continue through those he touched with his energy and vision.

16 02 2015

The Honourable Evan Walker, AO

On Feb 16th The Honourable Evan Walker, AO sadly passed away. Evan was a very close friend of Daryl’s and in 1963 founded this practice – then known as Jackson Walker.

In 1979 he left the practice to pursue a political career, having been elected to the Victorian Legislative Council for the Province of Melbourne. Here Evan played a major role in shaping Melbourne as we know it today.

Between 1982-90 he was a Minister in the Cain Government and Leader of the Government in the Upper House. The breadth and number of portfolio’s he was charged with illustrates his vast capacity to find solutions and manage a multitude of difficult problems with difficult stakeholders. As Minister for Planning he was instrumental in new planning controls in the Central Business District, the control of building heights, protection of views of St Pauls Cathedral, and the redevelopment of the south bank of the Yarra.

He was highly regarded and applauded by those on the left and the right. Our very right wing neighbour Peter Carter remarked following his retirement from politics “Jesus the Labour party always get it wrong….that is like taking Gary Ablett off at three quarter time….”

As an architect, as a politician, and as a policy maker, he has made an outstanding contribution to architecture, the environment, arts and educating in Australia.

More than all of this however, he was a very dear and loyal friend to Daryl and Kay and all of our family; always happy to write a personal reference or provide advice and assistance whenever required. He will be sadly missed.

21 10 2014

Congratulations due on what is well-deserved recognition!

We are pleased and excited to announce that

• We have a new Associate. Mikel Roman who has managed the design and delivery of major projects within this office including the innovative Rathdowne Place Wellbeing Precinct in Carlton. He is currently working closely with Vic on Victoria University (NZ) School of Biological Science and also the Nausori Hospital in Fiji.

21 08 2014

We've been shortlisted for the 2014 BPN Sustainability Awards

The Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre has been shortlisted for the 2014 BPN Sustainability Awards in the Public Building and Urban Design category.
Established in 2006, the BPN Sustainability Awards were created to encourage and reward Australia's best practice in sustainable building and architecture design.

13 08 2014

Doors open at new Box Hill Hospital

Construction has now been completed on the new 52,000m2 building at Box Hill Hospital and the building was officially opened by Premier Denis Napthine.
“This newly completed building will house all of Box Hill Hospital’s acute inpatient and day patient facilities, women’s and children’s services, and specialist cancer and renal inpatients’ facilities,” Dr Napthine said.
The state-of-the-art hospital was completed on budget and well ahead of schedule.

11 08 2014

Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre a WINNER!

On Friday night, 8th August, the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre was announced as

WINNER Excellence in Construction of Commercial Building over $80M at the Master Builders Association of Victoria Awards for 2014.
Congratulations go to Leighton Contractors Pty Ltd....
and the Architectural team of Jackson Architecture and McConnel Smith Johnson.
And Structural Engineers, Bonacci group
And Services Engineers, WSP
The Award was presented at Crown Casino in front of a star studded crowd including the Victorian Premier, Denis Napthine
Congratulations to everyone involved in the project

16 06 2014

Development a jewel in Carlton's crown

The former Queen Elizabeth home for mothers and babies is a series of houses and outbuildings built between 1861 and 1951 clustered together on a large, irregularly shaped site. Architect Daryl Jackson, in consultation with Heritage Victoria, has been charged with the redesign and redevelopment of these buildings and the result is 20 residences, some large enough to be family homes, others more townhouse or apartment size suited to empty nesters.

11 06 2014

Canterbury, Engineering The Future

Design Development for the Engineering Hub at University of Canterbury NZ is almost complete. Working with our JV partners Warren and Mahoney we are delighted to see the project displayed on the University website

10 06 2014

Construction due to commence on SECRET design

Construction of the facilities upgrade at the Defence Science and Technology Organisation at Fishermans Bend is due to commence on June 20. For security reasons no images are available. Follow the website link to a more detailed description of the project

08 05 2014

Australia’s newest inner-city retirement, aged care and wellbeing precinct

Rathdowne Place will be Australia’s newest inner-city retirement, aged care and wellbeing precinct. People are now moving into our great new "cutting edge" Aged Care facility in Carlton.

The Wellbeing Centre, which will be the centrepiece of the
development, will be accessible to the general public and
is currently being planned to include; Day Respite/Rehab
Centre, Physio/Podiatry, Seniors Gym, Hydrotherapy Pool,
Medical Consulting/Treatment Suites, Cafe & Education,
Beauty Spa and Supportive associated mixed-retail.