Alastair Swayn Foundation
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Alastair Swayn is one of Canberra’s leading architects and has been a committed member of the Canberra design community for over 40 years.

As a founding partner of Daryl Jackson Alastair Swayn (DJAS), he developed a strong and very well regarded practice that completed well over a thousand significant and highly regarded range of projects. In his later professional life, he was appointed as a Professorial Fellow at the University of Canberra and also the first ACT Government Architect.

When Alastair was diagnosed with a brain tumour in April 2015, he took on this new challenge with courage, grace and dignity. He decided to treat this chapter of his life as a project, a project with a set of deliverables. The deliverables included:

  • The production of a book chronicling Alastair’s personal and professional life
  • A video to provide an insight into Alastair’s achievements and legacy
  • The establishment of the Alastair Swayn Foundation – to continue to support and nurture the Australian architectural and design community.

The Foundation is committed to the continued contribution of architectural education by providing research grants into:

  1. The design of Australian twentieth century housing
  2. Future directions in Australian housing and workplaces
  3. European influences on Australian housing and workplaces.

The Foundation will also facilitate educational programs to promote architectural design and technology, as well as collecting and exhibiting drawings, models and photographs of Australian twentieth century housing and office designs.

For more information and to register your interest in the foundation for future updates please visit