Who we are

Daryl Jackson Alastair Swayn (DJAS) is a leading design practice with design studios in Canberra and Brisbane.

DJAS was established by Daryl Jackson and Alastair Swayn in the 1980’s, and we have been integral to the development of Canberra’s urban footprint with projects such as the design of Brindabella Business Park and Majura precinct. During that time we have gained a reputation for high quality design based architecture due to our ability to synthesise the conflicting demands of creativity, planning, collaboration, cost effectiveness, and quality design.

As an interdisciplinary design practice of professional architects, urban, interior and graphic designers, we work collaboratively with our clients. Our extensive and diverse portfolio demonstrates our experience and skill set within an impressive range of design services.

What we are good at

Good architecture fulfils functional necessities but also expresses place, community, and the era in which it is built. To move forward, new vision is needed about how to improve the built environment for the people who interact with it. Our architecture contributes to the creation of better places and cities for the present and for the future.

Design is a technical as well as an artistic endeavour, and we consider and discuss a broad range of topics with our clients. Topics can range across the functionality of space, acoustic privacy, and all the small details that make a space work.

Our portfolio demonstrates our ability to work at a variety of project sizes from 45sqm to an 85,000sqm campus workplace precinct and beyond with each design being well informed by a foundation of research.

We stay abreast of all current trends and leaders in the market through the active pursuit of knowledge and networking. Our design team is proficient in all design trends of workplace environments including Activity Based Work through to Agile and Contemporary design solutions.

As a practice, we look through the lens of ‘people and culture’ and ‘wellness and vitality’ and lean in with our in-house specialists including workplace strategists and WELL and Green Star accredited professionals.

Canberra Give Back

The DJAS team is proud to be part of the Canberra Community and is committed to enhance our community by adopting a number of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives, including:

  • Teaching/ mentoring at local Universities and Technology Colleges;
  • Being active members of the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA), Design Institute of Australia (DIA), and National Women in Construction (NWIC);
  • We support and sponsor local charities such as:
    The Rotary Club of Canberra’s ‘Circus Quirkus’;
    The Make a Wish Foundation’s ‘Canberra Special Children’s Christmas Party’;
    ‘Jeans for Genes Day’ fundraising, and other ad hoc industry events such as the
    Cancer Council’s bowling for Cancer Night and the Leukaemia Foundations ‘Life Cycle’
    around Lake Burley Griffin.
  • We provide discounted and pro-bono work for ACT Scouts and the ACT Leukaemia Foundation
  • We sponsor the annual Student of Architecture prize awarded to the highest achieving final year graduate at University of Canberra, and
  • We also sponsor ad hoc events such as the Canberra seminar of the ‘Living Building Challenge’ seminar series in 2012 and University of Canberra, Interior Architecture final year exhibition in 2014

We are also committed to industry sustainable initiatives such as;

  • Membership of the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA);
  • Encouraging our staff to participate in GBCA seminars and workshops;
  • Encouraging our clients to include recycling collection points in their projects;
  • We include Greenstar requirements for construction waste recycling and reporting in all of our projects;
  • We specify the use of low VOC content products, paints, and adhesives using the Greenstar requirements in all of our projects;
  • We purchase paper products that are net zero carbon emission certified;
  • We are striving to become a paperless office and turn off all lights and non-essential equipment at the end of each work day to reduce energy consumption;