Dominic Finlay-Jones RAIA
BArch, BSc(Arch) USYD, NSW 7674
After graduating from the University of Sydney, Dom spent the formative years of his career training under pioneering modernist architect Bruce Rickard, whose legacy of human-scale architecture and sensitive site planning, orientation and landscaping continues to underpin Dom’s architectural practice. He established DFJ Architects in 2010 in nearby Bangalow, before relocating the studio to Byron Bay in 2017.
MArch, BDes(Hons)(Arch) QUT
Amber’s substantial academic achievements during her time at QUT include a spot on the 2014 Dean’s Honours List, as well as the 2019 Noel Robinson Prize High Commendation. Through her studies she participated in projects in Can Tho, Vietnam and with The Green School in Bali, gaining a taste for small, localised approaches to architecture. Amber joined DFJ in 2016, bringing her enthusiasm for all things design, and a keen graphic eye to every aspect of her work.
BArch FADU, DipProjMgt EIE
Lucila graduated from the University of Buenos Aires Faculty of Architecture Design and Urbanism in 2000, before undertaking extensive further studies in Australia. Since 2016 she has brought her considerable experience in the design and documentation of residential buildings to DFJ, transplanting her passion for the materiality of her native Argentine architecture to the Byron Shire.
MArch, BArch (Hons) QUT
Before cutting his teeth at a large, prestigious Brisbane architecture firm, John received a Masters of Architecture from QUT. He joined DFJ in 2018, bringing with him his background in large-scale commercial projects, enthusiasm for figuring out complex issues and passion for simple, clean design. He is DFJ’s Lumion legend, creating high-level front-end visualisation renders.
James van Geffen
MArch(Dist), BArch(Hons) UNN
James completed his architectural education in the North of England before moving to Australia in 2015. Prior to joining DFJ in 2020, James was with the renowned Sydney practice Candalepas Associates, working on a large range of high-profile design competitions, multi-residential projects and single dwellings. James believes in contextually-driven, sustainable architecture enriching daily life through the creation of buildings that are unique to their surroundings.
Anastasia joined the team in late 2020 having recently graduated with First Class Honours from a Bachelor of Design in Architecture at Sydney University. A passion for environmental psychology saw her explore the relationship between domestic architecture and femininity for her Honours thesis, further enriched by her interest in architecture as a holistic response to the complicated dynamic between a person and their place of dwelling.
MSustArch, BEnvArch POLIMI
Marco relocated to Australia from his native Italy after completing a Bachelor of Environmental Architecture and Master of Sustainable Architecture at Politecnico di Milano. In Sydney he joined the team at the acclaimed Smart Design Studio, where he spent seven years working his way up the ranks to run a number of their notable multi-residential projects. We feel very fortunate to have had Marco’s recent sea-change bring him to the area, welcoming him to DFJ in mid-2021.
MArch, BDes QUT
Soon after finishing a Master of Architecture at QUT, Liam left for Bogotá to work for Colombian architect Giancarlo Mazzanti, before continuing on to London for the best part of a decade. As well as working on jobs around the UK and Europe, Liam participated in projects in Sri Lanka and the Caribbean during this time, gaining broad hands-on experience in a variety of complicated situations. Recently returning home to the region, Liam joined the DFJ team in mid-2021.
Georgia graduated from Sydney’s National Art School with a Bachelor of Fine Art in 2001. She ran a small graphic design and paper goods business with occasional adventures in architecture, working as a research assistant to Karen McCartney on her book ’50/60/70: Iconic Australian Houses’, and helping Dom establish the practice. Georgia works behind the scenes at DFJ taking care of heritage research, graphic design and communications.