We are excited to be now located in our new Richmond studio – completed miraculously during Covid lockdown.

It is a new era, with new branding and a new studio.

Our team is energic and talented, including the solid and experienced stayers and enthusiastic newcomers.
I have lived architecture all my life – everything was about design. I have experienced open plan living, communal rooms, rooms flooded by natural light, and rooms where innovative shading devices created imaginative patterns; conversation pits, fly-wired rooms for passive cooling on a hot summers day; green internal landscapes connecting with nature and providing natural shade; mezzanines, voids and views through three-dimensional space; book shelves integrated with staircases, and staircases that also functioned as seats; skylights over beds for viewing stars, ladders to nooks and even a fireman’s pole.

All of this has contributed to my passion for architecture and design and continues to feed my desire to craft unique and memorable spaces that surprise and delight users.

For me, the challenge, in making great buildings and spaces, is to problem solve the functional and environmental needs, while simultaneously crafting the form by understanding the site and its context.

Relative to purpose, I like buildings that are elegant, yet surprising, with views through spaces and to landscape.

We look forward to talking ideas and opportunities with you or just having coffee and a game of table tennis.

Sara Jackson

MCG Great Southern Stand

Known as the ‘people’s ground’, the MCG is one of the oldest and largest capacity sporting venues in the world. The 1992 update of the Great Southern Stand, designed by Jackson Architecture, in association with Tompkins Shaw and Evan, received the Sir Zelman Cowan award for most outstanding architectural works in that year, and more recently the 2020 Victorian Enduring Architecture Award.

Completed in time for the 1992 Cricket World Cup, Daryl Jackson summarised the design intent as “clear sightlines, close proximity to the action, comfortable seating, adequate services, food and drink facilities” with a “sense of arrival at the outside ticket box, a celebratory progression to one’s designated seat, and the anticipation of a spectacle.”

We are very proud and humbled to have won this prestigious award. And, we look forward to experiencing the next spectacle at ‘The G’.

The design of the regional Performing Arts Centre is expressed as an abstracted ‘variegated forest canopy’, in engineered cross laminated timber (CLT).

Our vision drew upon the Latrobe Valley’s rich timber history and, in partnership with local industry, creates an exemplar precinct of iconic timber construction. It showcases a new era of engineered timber capability, imagination, production and construction in the Latrobe Valley and Traralgon.As we had hoped, the timber is being supplied from Australian Sustainable Hardwoods (ASH) located in Heyfield, about 40 minutes north of the site.

The project is currently in construction and is expected to be opened to the public by the end of 2021.

We are committed to:

- a client focused and inclusive design process;

- crafting a design that responds to the site – its topography, climate, context and local culture;

- developing functional spatial relationships through integrated client, user and consultant workshops;

- delivering value for money through an experienced understanding of materials and construction techniques that brings foresight to design decisions throughout the design process; and

- creating innovative places that are memorable for their aesthetic qualities and their functional utility.

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Our process is one of leadership: we reveal, explore, conciliate and express the diverse and often contradictory demands of client and user group whilst considering community interests and statutory obligations.

We place great emphasis on developing close and cooperative relationships with our clients.

We apply our technical and professional knowledge to deliver value, and exceed the aspirations, objectives, and quality expectations of our clients.

When we undertake something new, we take it upon ourselves to expand on the original brief, seeking to find unexpected opportunities and spatial experiences in the project. We employ a suite of strategies, such as the play of light and moments of colour, to inject some vibrancy to our work. We don’t dwell on trends but rather focus on creating meaningful pieces of architecture that can stand the test of time.

At Jackson Architecture we have maintained a long-standing commitment to ensuring our buildings achieve the highest levels of Environmentally Sustainable Design (ESD), and user comfort, knowing that ESD also delivers significant operational and lifetime cost benefits for our clients.

Our long standing, and industry leading commitment to environmental sustainability is exemplified by our award winning 8 Brindabella Circuit design which was the first 5 Star rated office building in Australia.

More recently, projects such as the Olivia-Newton John Cancer and Wellness Centre, the National Tennis Centre and the Department of Justice and Community Safety buildings have all been recognised for their innovative approaches to sustainable architectural design.

Further to this, Jackson Architecture became a signatory in early 2020 and is committed to the 11-point declaration, which includes raising awareness and advocating for change towards regenerative design practices across the architectural and construction industries.