People

JCB's multi-disciplinary studio brings together over 70 design professionals with extensive experience across a range of project typologies and sectors.

We know that effective team leadership is an essential ingredient to the delivery of design quality across all of our projects.

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Tim Jackson
Director

Tim is a focused force who inspires our team, clients and members of the wider profession with his devotion to architecture. An ardent musician, he appreciates the qualities of composition, proportion, texture, harmony and rhythm that exist within both music and design.

As a founding partner and director of JCB, Tim works across all projects within the office focusing on client liaison, conceptual design, research and briefing. He has an impressive portfolio of award-winning commissions and is committed to the ongoing evolution of multi residential and domestic scale housing as well as projects in the public, infrastructure, commercial and education sectors. Tim has significant experience in complex projects and the successful delivery of town planning submissions as well as multi-layered stakeholder and community consultation processes.

Tim sits on the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) Victorian Awards Committee and regularly participates as a juror for the AIA awards program. He's an advocate for innovative design in the built environment and participates in guest critiques at major tertiary institutions across Australia, including an ongoing relationship with the University of Melbourne as a tutor in architectural design.

Jon Clements
Director

Jon is an adventurer at heart who brings a fearless mindset to everything he does. Whether it’s building and flying his own planes or discovering architecture from around the world, for him it's about discovering something unknown and authentic. This love of adventure informs the way he leads our clients, collaborators and team to interesting and meaningful design solutions.

A founding partner and director of JCB, Jon has overseen design and delivery of numerous projects across the public, residential, commercial, education and hospitality sectors. He has led significant urban design and master planning work in both urban and regional settings and has considerable experience in complex projects involving sensitive town planning considerations. Through this, he has developed a reputation for effective stakeholder and community consultation processes.

In 2015 Jon was National President of the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) and President of the Victorian Chapter between 2012 and 2014. He has been a member of various AIA Awards Juries and remains active with tertiary institutions, including Deakin University’s School of Architecture, providing contributions to course content and guest lectures.

Graham Burrows
Director

Graham operates from the sincere belief that architecture can improve peoples’ lives and by extension, make cities more liveable and vibrant. He's a compelling communicator and has the innate ability to turn challenges into opportunities, creating designs of enormous clarity. 

As a founding partner and director of JCB, he has overseen the design and delivery of numerous projects in the residential, commercial, education, hospitality and public sectors. He's highly experienced in leading complex major projects, planning approval processes and multi-stakeholder consultation and has acted as an expert witness in VCAT hearings and given presentations to VCAT in relation to good design, context and design response strategies.

Graham is an active member of various architectural committees, has served as jury chair for Australian Institute of Architects awards programs and participated as a jury member on many industry awards programs. He also maintains an ongoing relationship with The University of Melbourne as a tutor and guest critic in architectural design and has given design presentations at both Melbourne and Deakin Universities.

Christopher Botterill
Associate Director

Designing and delivering significant projects across a broad spectrum, Christopher is focused on creating vibrant, meaningful and commercially successful spaces. He places strong emphasis on client and team communication, and ensures that delivered projects exceed client and stakeholder expectations.

Christopher has extensive experience in commercial, hospitality and infrastructure projects across different scales and is a collaborative leader skilled at combining multiple viewpoints and complexities into a buildable reality.

Guiding the underlying narrative of projects, Christopher is committed to delivering places that create a lasting impression on the people who experience them.

Alison Palmer
Associate Director

Proactive, positive and organised, Alison is a skilled practitioner and respected leader within JCB. She heads the interior design discipline, is well versed in all phases of project delivery and prides herself on an unwavering commitment to good design.

With multi-sector experience across workplace, retail, education, hospitality, aged care and multi residential, Alison is able to think outside of the box to help clients get the best from their projects. Her holistic approach, and innate ability to bring out the best in her team, have been fundamental to many successful design outcomes.

Benjamin Pitman
Associate Director

Benjamin is committed to driving JCB's design approach and ethos. In his lead design role, he contributes across all areas of the practice, working closely with the Directors to guide the design direction of projects from inception to completion.

Through creative problem solving, meticulous planning and extensive design exploration, Benjamin ensures that solutions are innovative, compelling and enduring. His focus is on uncovering design solutions which are strategically clever, yet elegant in execution.

Passionate about narrative-led design, Benjamin brings a unique and considered perspective to every discussion. He is inspired by product, graphic and visual designers and combines conceptual thinking with strong visualisation and graphic skills to communicate and distil complex ideas.

Chris Manderson
Associate Director

Using design leadership and creativity, Chris leads JCB’s Multi Residential sector. He enjoys working closely with clients and contractors to build a natural rapport in order to achieve the best possible project outcomes. Consistently calm and measured, he thrives on the challenge of integrating design aspirations with the commercial interests of our clients.

With over 25 years’ professional practice, Chris has experience in a range of commercial, residential, multi residential and aged care projects of varying scales.

Adept at navigating the challenges of town planning, he balances the needs of the client, site and council to guide projects smoothly and successfully through the planning process. Beyond this, Chris steers projects through to completion with care.

Veryan Curnow
Associate Director

Approaching architecture with energy and rigour, Veryan places emphasis on place making, social sustainability and positive community outcomes. As the leader of JCB’s Public sector team she is passionate about uncovering project opportunities through research and collaborative design processes.

Veryan’s key interest lies in the public realm, particularly the convergence of public, education and commercial interfaces that can create dynamic urban connections and vibrant community spaces. Focusing predominantly on project briefing and design, she is particularly experienced in client, stakeholder and community consultation and negotiation.

Veryan works closely with the practice’s Indigenous Advisory team and is committed to the recognition of Indigenous Australia through architecture and design, and meaningful engagement with Traditional Owners and Indigenous communities.

Damon Van Horne
Education Sector Lead

With over 20 years' experience in the USA and Australia across education, commercial and cultural typologies, Damon has designed and delivered projects across a breadth of scales and budgets. This includes pro bono pop-ups to $300M precinct master plans to new civic campuses for universities.

Damon is driven by the potential of collaborative groups of empowered and talented individuals and stakeholders. He is an experienced engagement specialist in education, has led workshops in the initiation stages of major projects and collaborated with government bodies to collaboratively create and guide project visions.

He works strategically across JCB's Education sector and the wider practice, merging local knowledge with international experience. A long-time advocate for sustainable design, he recently completed one of the largest Passivhaus Certified education projects in the world.

David Burton
Senior Associate

Growing up in the UK, David was inspired by his engineering father and the passion they shared for building things. He followed that passion into a career in design and today, is known for his detail-perfect architecture.

David has a solid foundation of experience to draw upon with a core expertise in education projects. Involved in all phases of the project journey, he works closely with clients, stakeholders, user groups and consultants to achieve built outcomes that are accessible, vibrant and embrace a range of learning pedagogies.

Rob Majcen
Senior Associate

Cool, calm and collected, Rob balances pragmatism with a desire to create designs that improve the everyday lives of our clients. He is a thoughtful collaborator and skilled in delivering a collective design vision when working in partnerships.

Rob leads JCB’s Residential sector and has delivered numerous projects ranging from private residences to larger communities as well as mixed-use developments.

Thom Stanistreet
Senior Associate

Thom is responsible for concept development and creative direction for projects in the multi residential, commercial and mixed-use space. Playing a pivotal role in the early stages of new projects, his problem-solving abilities are able to uncover possibilities for clients. 

Commercially-minded and pragmatic, Thom's focus is on developing market-driven strategies for clients, helping to establish partnerships that positively impact our built environment.

Adelle Mackey
Associate

Adelle has built a reputation as a talented designer with a passion for creating spaces that are timeless, well resolved and that place the human experience at their heart. Living in a coastal setting, she understands the connection between nature, external form and an interior dwelling, promoting a sustainable approach on projects to carry those connections through to the finest detail.

Adelle first made her mark in high-end residential projects, before extending her expertise to hospitality, retail, workplace, education and multi residential typologies. She has strong conceptual design ideas that are paired with a practical understanding of materials and construction knowledge.

Danielle Pacella
Associate

A highly capable project architect, Danielle works across medium and large-scale projects in the education, community and multi residential sectors. She relishes the task of tackling complex problems and skilfully manages client, consultant, site and builder needs, delivering well considered designs with attention to detail.

As a Certified Passive House Designer, Danielle is instrumental in JCB’s sustainability approach for our clients and projects. From defining the thermal en­vel­ope to overcoming plan­ning and con­struc­tion chal­lenges, she brings valuable knowledge and experience in the design and delivery of Pass­ive House build­ings.

James Stewart
Associate

A firm believer in the benefits of courageous design, sustainable innovation and team collaboration, James practices as both an architect and interior designer. He entered the design profession with a desire to bring his passion for artistic expression together with his interest in technology.

With a primary focus on multi residential and commercial work, James delivers large and complex projects. He liaises with clients, consultants and contractors, while leading the project team to realise projects of the highest quality.

Jimmy Walker
Associate

As a key member of the Commercial sector team, Jimmy is currently leading JCB’s Wellington St, Collingwood office tower project, set to be Victoria’s tallest mass timber building.

Jimmy brings meticulous attention to detail and creative problem-solving skills to every project, with a particular ability to resolve complex issues and tackle project challenges head on. During his career, he's worked in leading design practices in both Melbourne and Darwin, across multi residential, healthcare, education, residential, social housing, infrastructure, tropical design and remote community work.

Luke Wilson
Associate

With technical construction knowledge and a commitment to achieving the best outcomes for clients, Luke approaches architecture with the desire to create better environments. 

He is an emerging leader primarily working within the multi residential, commercial and urban design sectors. Focusing on understanding client aspirations and building positive relationships, he manages the strategic development of projects, across concept design, master planning and schematic design phases.

Saba Komarzynski
Associate

Saba balances practicality with a desire to create spaces and places that enrich our daily lives. She is a natural problem solver with the ability to connect complex ideas and information, enabling her to interact with engineers, consultants and builders at a high level.

Working primarily in the commercial and education sectors and passionate about sustainability, Saba leads projects of varying scales from bespoke hospitality venues to large office developments. In her role as project architect, Saba collaborates skilfully with clients, consultants and contractors to deliver rich and complex design.

Sahar Farzanfar
Associate

Sahar is driven by a passion to put creative thinking into practice and ultimately enhance the way people experience the built environment. Involved in all phases of the project journey, she works closely with the team, consultants and contractor to achieve successful built outcomes. 

Experienced in a number of sectors, including residential and multi residential, commercial and mixed-use developments, Sahar has practiced in both Dubai and Australia.

Sam Franklin
Associate

A key member within our Multi Residential team, Sam takes a well-considered and sensitive approach, one that’s absolutely apparent in the quality of his work.

As a project architect, he’s simultaneously managing the responsibility of three major projects while continuing to mentor his colleagues and streamline processes within the sector. 

Sarah Lynn Rees
Associate

Sarah is a key member of JCB's Public sector and leads the Indigenous Advisory Architecture Design (IAAD) team, while also contributing tirelessly to the wider industry. As an Indigenous woman, she brings a unique perspective to architecture driven by her passion to Indigenise the built environment.

Sarah is passionate about working collaboratively and transparently with communities, ensuring their voices are heard, respected, and maintained.

Tess Wrigley
Associate

Tess combines a passion for interior design with a dedication to helping clients achieve the best possible outcomes. Cognisant of how the built environment impacts emotion and behaviour, she strives to create spaces that are not only elegant but also thoughtful, functional and sustainable.

She has delivered interiors across a range of typologies, specialising in high-end residential, multi residential, hospitality and commercial work.

Thom McCarthy
Associate

Thom takes a leading conceptual role in interior design, bringing extensive design knowledge to every project. He has a background in construction and is an accomplished artist and photographer. Regularly drawing on his creative abilities, he produces sketches, diagrams and details for projects, translating initial ideas into a buildable reality. 

Having delivered a diversity of work across education, student living, public, commercial, retail and hospitality, Thom has deep knowledge of different typologies, scales, budgets, timeframes and requirements.

Tom Sharp
Associate

With over 15 years’ experience in design and delivery, Tom applies technical knowledge and attention to detail to every project that he's involved in. Working predominantly in education, he enjoys delivering vibrant learning environments for schools and universities.

He has a keen interest in adaptive re-use  and appreciates the strategies and sensitivities involved in working within existing frameworks. As such, he believes that good design is grounded in a site-specific response, sustainable materials and creating a sense of place.

Paula Johnson
Executive Business Manager

Pragmatic and results-focused, Paula is responsible for the effective and efficient operation of a number of crucial business functions within JCB.

Coordinating between key members of the team as well as clients and business partners, she plays a crucial role in the studio’s management, financial operations, administration and HR.