People

JCB's multi-disciplinary studio brings together over 50 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.

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.

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.

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.

Simon Beeton
Senior Associate

Having worked as a carpenter prior to becoming an architect, Simon has an in-depth understanding of the nuanced relationship between design, building methodologies and on-site fundamentals. Above all he is committed to providing clients with exceptional design outcomes with a good value proposition.

As a senior associate and project architect, Simon has made important contributions to a string of public, community, commercial and education projects. He works across all stages of the project journey and is particularly skilled in successful project delivery.

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

Alison Palmer
Senior Associate Interior Design

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

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

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.

David Burton
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.

Matthew Fooks
Associate

Matthew has a broad skillset and acute motivation to uphold the intent and integrity of projects for clients. An ability to problem-solve, think critically and be hands-on have been key to his success with projects of varying typology, scale and complexity.

Although well versed in all architectural aspects, Matthew’s focus has been project delivery in the multi residential, commercial and mixed-use space. He has been vital in the handover of projects that involve tight timeframes and budgets and those requiring a high level of consultation with clients, builders and other stakeholders.

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.

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.

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.

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.