A Conversation Between Architects and Their Clients
Jon Jacka is a Sydney-based architect with over twenty years local and international experience. Jon has worked both as a sole practitioner and for some of the most accomplished local architecture practices. He has extensive experience on projects at all scales of architecture and urban design.
Jon’s experience includes theatre and exhibition design, medical research and health facilities, education buildings, sport facilities, heritage, hospitality, large-scale masterplanning, multi-unit residential projects and single houses. He has had an instrumental role on many award-winning projects, including project architect on the Westmead Millennium Institute, which received the Sulman Medal in 2015.
Jon established his own practice in 2010, taking a particular interest in other ways of doing architecture. His focus is on how architects can have a positive influence on the city. His approach spans practice, teaching, research, publication and public engagement. His key interests are equity, diversity and social interaction. Jon’s work is practical and experimental and eschews projects considered socially or environmentally detrimental.
Jon was the guest editor of the winter 2017 edition of the Architecture Bulletin on affordable housing. He is studio leader for the housing stream of the UNSW Master of Architecture program and is exhibiting a range of alternative housing projects, worked up with students, at an associated exhibition of the 2018 Venice Biennale. The exhibition is a collaborative project with the office of the Government Architect NSW, called “Looking for Love on the Sydenham to Bankstown Line.”