Daryl Jackson

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Daryl Sanders Jackson AO (born 7 February 1937) is an Australian architect, and the owner of an international architecture firm, Jackson Architecture. Jackson also became the Associate Professor of the University of Melbourne and Deakin University.

Early life, education, and career[edit]

Jackson was born on 7 February 1937 in Clunes, Victoria, Australia. He was educated at Wesley College in Melbourne and he graduated from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT)[1] and the University of Melbourne with a Diploma of Architecture.[2]

Jackson established his first practice with Evan Walker in 1965. Jackson Architecture Pty Ltd, located in Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra, Brisbane, London, Vietnam, and China, has completed a large catalogue of projects, including university and college facilities, stadiums, commercial offices, art galleries, and industrial structures. Some of his projects include the Immigration Museum, Melbourne and the County Court of Victoria.

Jackson's considerable teaching, writing, and lecturing has had a significant influence on the course of Australian architectural development. He taught architecture at RMIT and wrote a regular column on housing for The Age from 1966 to 1999. Jackson has also been a principal lecturer at Royal Australian Institute of Architects (RAIA) conventions and was a visiting professor of architecture and design at the University of New South Wales in 1982. With positions as Chairman of the Australian Film Institute, Trustee of the National Gallery of Victoria, Member of the Victorian Council of the Arts, Vice President of the Melbourne Cricket Club, Director of the Essendon Football Club, and President of Wesley College (Victoria), he has continually contributed to a heterogeneous notion of Australian culture.[3]

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Daryl Jackson's addition to the Immigration Museum

Architectural style and practice[edit]

Jackson's architecture has evolved over forty years of professional practice. His first contribution to Australian architecture began with the Harold Holt Memorial Swimming Centre, which defined his early Brutalist architecture style.

Two buildings, Swinburne University Graduate School of Management and County Court of Victoria in central Melbourne, work their way into the iconic street grid to form hard-edge modernist figures on important street corners. The slicing "cut edge" profiling of the Court entrance portico is a gesture of urban affirmation that symbolises and emphasises a new presence.

Jackson's more recent projects, found in Australia and internationally, differ from one another because they reflect the attitudes, technologies, and vernacular of their respective localities.

Jackson Architecture[edit]

As the chief principal of design at Jackson Architecture, Jackson perceives his role relative to that of a film director: "working on the plot, lining up the cameras, producing and editing to generate the desired result".[4] While Jackson unifies each product with his direct design input, he places a strong emphasis on collaborative design and idea thinking, and acknowledges the talent and co-professionalism of other designers that help piece together each project.

Daryl's Sydney practice, Daryl Jackson Robin Dyke Pty Ltd, is the Executive Architect for the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) on the new Frank Gehry-designed business school building. The Dr Chau Chak Wing Building will be Gehry’s first building in Australia with a design based on the idea of a tree-house structure.[5] Construction will start in early 2012 and be complete in time for the 2014 academic year.


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Daryl Jackson's award-winning County Court of Victoria


Award-winning projects[edit]

  • 1978  - Citation in Library Design Awards for Balwyn Library, Melbourne, Victoria.[7]
  • 1998 – RAIA Environment Award for Sunshine Coast University College, Science Faculty Building, Queensland.
  • 1999 – RAIA Presidents Award for Recycled Buildings for the Immigration Museum and Hellenic Archaeological Museum, Melbourne, Victoria.
  • 2003 – RAIA Interior Architecture Award for the County Court of Victoria, Melbourne Victoria.
  • 2010 – RAIA Public Architecture Award RAIA (WA Chapter) Regional Commendation for the WA Basketball Centre (AK Reserve) (Peter Hunt Architects JV)
  • 2010 – RAIA Colourbond Award for Steel Architecture
  • RAIA – (WA Chapter) Regional Commendation for the RWA Basketball Centre (AK Reserve) (Peter Hunt Architects JV)
  • 2010 – Master Builders (WA) Excellence in Construction Award, Best State Government Building Commendation for the WA Basketball Centre (AK Reserve) (Peter Hunt Architects JV)
  • 2010 – Master Builders (VIC) Excellence in Construction Award, Excellence in Commercial Buildings $10M-$15M for the Commendation VIC Ivanhoe Girls’ Grammar School
  • 2010 – Western Australian Heritage Award for the WA Police Midland Operations Support Facility, (Peter Hunt Architects JV)
  • 2012 – WAN Interior Awards (Residential) | Interiors Longlist, For Analogue Fitout
  • 2013 – Excellence in Construction of Commercial Building for the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre (Jackson Architecture and McConnel Smith Johnson)
  • 2014 – Master Builders (Victoria) Excellence in Commercial Construction, For Melbourne Park Eastern Precinct Redevelopment
  • 2015 – Design Is...Awards: Global Winner, For Monash International Bachelor of Business City Campus (In collaboration with JCB Architects)


Jackson’s projects are mostly found in Australia’s four east coast capital cities: Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Canberra. He also has work located in Shanghai, Qingdao, Hanoi, Berlin and London.

Notable works include:

Education projects[edit]

Residential projects[edit]

Fitzroy Apartments, Fitzroy,

Health and research[edit]

Sport and recreation[edit]

Commercial and retail[edit]




  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 25 March 2015. Retrieved 12 November 2014.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ http://www.msd.unimelb.edu.au/events/other/daryl-jackson.html
  3. ^ http://www.jacksonarchitecture.com/#/people/daryl-jackson/
  4. ^ Jackson, Daryl 2007, Daryl Jackson Architecture Folio, The Images Publishing Group Pty Ltd 2007, Australia
  5. ^ [1]
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  7. ^ "Balwyn Library". Boroondara Telling Tales. City of Boroondara. Retrieved 10 September 2015.

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