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.
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 (Griffith)
Claire joined us in 2023 to manage the production of a contribution to an exhibition of flood resilient housing models in the Northern Rivers produced by Living Lab Northern Rivers. Claire has a wealth of experience in CAD rendering, interiors and beautifully presented, community focused architecture.
She is currently completing her Masters in Architecture at Griffith University.
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.
MArch, BDes QUT
Registered Architect NSw 12316
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.
Matt van Geffen
BArch (Hons), MArch (Dist) UNN
Matt completed his architectural education at Northumbria University between 2006-2012, where his student work was widely published. After emigrating to Australia in 2014, Matt worked for Bates Smart on medium density residential, high rise and hospitality projects and Watershed Design on high-end residential projects. Matt joined DFJ in 2023 to work on some exciting local eco-tourism projects and the practices first international commission.
Kelly is a local interior designer currently working on some residential, tourism and venue projects within the office.
BA Psych (UQ), MBA (Newcastle)
Bianca has over twenty years of experience in all areas of business management, specialising in recent years for medium and large architecture practices. Bianca joined the team in 2021 as studio manager in a part-time role.