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 (1929 – 2010). Bruce’s legacy of sensitive site planning, orientation and landscaping, alongside his championing of the human scale, continue to underpin Dom’s architectural practice. Dom established DFJ in Bangalow in 2010, before moving the studio to Byron Bay upon completion of the first stage of Habitat in 2017. The opportunity to be a part of the Habitat project was what initially brought Dom to the area from Sydney in 2006, although he will always be a Sandgroper at heart.
MArch, BEnvDes UTAS
Prior to joining DFJ in 2011, Daniel was Director of Hobart’s ‘E-habitat’, designing and developing environmentally responsive, pre-fabricated housing solutions. His time spent refining prototypes, managing building sites and tutoring at UTAS reflect his interest in the theoretical, technical and practical aspects of architecture, and helped hone his clear, analytical approach to design. Daniel’s rigorous attention to detail and extensive construction experience see him administering multiple projects across all sectors, from design and documentation through to building procurement.
MArch MSA, AdvDipArchPrac RIBA, BA(Hons) LJMU, UK 082551D
As former Director of FVMA, an innovative architecture studio based in Liverpool, Fraser led a number of high-profile cultural and commercial projects throughout the North-West of England. He joined DFJ in 2014 after relocating from the UK, bringing his passion for non-typical projects, technology and systems with him, along with comprehensive expertise in adaptive re-use. Fraser’s ability to work at both a micro- and macro-level sees him managing multiple projects across all sectors, with a particular interest in delivering quality architecture with a good commercial outcome.
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.
Georgia was working towards a degree in Asian Studies when she went gaga for Japanese ceramics and decamped to NAS’s ceramics department, graduating 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. Now working behind the scenes at DFJ, Georgia assists with heritage research and takes care of graphic design and communications.