Effective team leadership is an essential ingredient to the delivery of design quality across all of our projects. 

With over fifty design professionals our multi-disciplinary studio provides an end-to-end service: from concept design and design development through to documentation and administration. The team at JCB bring together extensive professional experience across a wide range of project types.

Tim Jackson

Tim’s primary practice focus is client liaison, conceptual design, research and briefing. Working across numerous project types and scales, Tim has developed extensive knowledge and experience in relation to client, stakeholder and community consultation. He has been responsible for the delivery of a number of major residential, commercial, urban design and master planning projects. A particular focus of Tim’s research includes multi-residential and domestic scale housing and the social role and responsibility of architecture and urban design. Tim maintains an ongoing relationship with The University of Melbourne as a guest critic within the Melbourne School of Design.

Jon Clements

Jon is passionate about design and practice at all scales. As a natural extension of JCB’s commitment to promoting the public benefits of quality architecture Jon has held a number of advocacy roles in both the profession and education with a particular focus on supporting young and emerging architects. Jon was elected to the role of National President of the Australian Institute of Architects in 2015 after serving as the Victorian Chapter President from 2012 to 2014. Jon has been a member of numerous award Juries and he was a member of the Building Advisory Council of Victoria between 2011 and 2014. Since graduating from Deakin University he has maintained a close and active association with the school, while also guest lecturing at Melbourne University, Monash University and RMIT.

Graham Burrows

Graham’s responsibilities at JCB run the full range of practice activities from briefing, concept design, sketch design and design development through to contract documentation, administration, cost control, project management and office management. He has been instrumental in the delivery of many residential, multi-residential, institutional, urban design and master planning projects within the office.  Graham has a particular interest in projects that engage the public realm and is skilled at stakeholder and community consultation. Graham has been a member of numerous award juries and has also been a guest lecturer at the University of Melbourne and Deakin University.

Christopher Botterill
Associate Director

Chris has extensive experience across residential, commercial and infrastructure projects. Recent projects include the St Kilda Harbour redevelopment project, which involved a complex stakeholder group, as well as the Arbory Bar and Restaurant on the North Bank of the Yarra River. He is also overseeing a variety of single and multi-residential projects at both planning and construction phases. With a strong focus on client and project team communication, Chris ensures that all projects are delivered to meet and exceed client and stakeholder expectations.

Veryan Curnow
Associate Director

Veryan is an Associate Director who leads JCB’s Public and Urban Design Team. She is focused on discovering unexpected project opportunities through rigorous research and collaborative design processes.

Veryan’s key interest relates to the public realm, particulary the convergence of public, educational, institutional and commerical interfaces that can create dynamic urban connections and enhance our communities. She has a passion for client liaision and stakeholder collaboration, focusing predominantly on project briefing and design.
Veryan takes pride in providing a mentoring role to other architects and graduates within the JCB studio, and leads JCB’s Workplace Equity Committee.

Chris Manderson
Associate Director

Chris is a multi-disciplinary designer whose role includes overseeing design, documentation control, contract administration, project programming and office management. He has extensive experience as project architect across numerous commercial, multi-residential and institutional projects including Upper House, Icon, Luma, Avenir, Found, Apt, Lume and Avery, amongst others. His management role also includes overseeing forward planning, resource and project performance, while also playing an important role in ongoing staff training and mentoring, professional management and the future development of the practice.

Ben Pitman
Associate Director

As an Associate Director with over 16 years with the practice, Ben is highly attuned to the design approach and philosophy of JCB. Having worked across the full range of project types, he is a pivotal design leader within the practice. Ben’s role is to work in close partnership with the Directors to guide the design direction of projects from early inception and to ensure that our work is innovative and in line with the company’s ethos. As part of our senior management team, Ben fulfils an important role in the practice, supporting and assisting with the ongoing mentoring and development of team members through his active engagement and leadership.

Simon Topliss
Associate Director

Simon has experience in design, documentation and project delivery across diverse sectors, including heritage, education, arts, residential and community sector projects both in Australia and the United Kingdom. More recently Simon has been involved as Project Architect on a number of projects involving complex design, stakeholder and programmatic requirements. Over the last five years Simon has worked across a number of major projects, including the North West Precinct and Monash Club redevelopments as well as a 250 bed Student Accommodation building at Monash University Clayton, the Upper House Apartment development in Melbourne and the Harold St Residence in Middle Park.

Paula Johnson
Executive Business Manager

Paula is responsible for the effective and efficient operation of a number of crucial business functions within the studio. Coordinating between key members of the JCB team as well as clients and business partners Paula plays a crucial role in the studio’s management, financial operations, administration and HR.