ARCHITECTS IN OZ - Daryl Jackson

"At the end of the day, what makes a city great is its own memorability"

Daryl Jackson commenced his practice in 1963 with Evan Walker who was a partner until 1978 when he decided to enter the political arena. Since then Jackson has been practising as Daryl Jackson Pty Ltd. with offices in Sydney, Canberra and the Gold Coast. Jackson has worked on a wide variety of projects around Australia and overseas, including the swimming pool at the National Sports Centre in Canberra, the recently completed Canberra College at Belconnen, Lake Ginnidera, Canberra, Bond University on the Gold Coast and 120 Collins Street, Melbourne. We asked Mr. Jackson to describe the significant influences to he development of Australian architecture and to suggest where they might lead us in the future.

"I think there will be many distinct, yet identifiably Australian architectures which will develop their own sense of place in different locations. You will find similarities between different types of buildings across the country, but there will be a continuing diversification around Australia, with the authorship of each particular architect involved.

"At the same time I believe that it is an excessively optimistic prospect to believe that any one architect can alter the vision of a city. We live in too complex a society for a particular one-off building or even a series of buildings to alter the characteristic of a whole city.

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