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Jakob Kelly Architect aims to provide functional and inspired design solutions for regional Victoria.

As a young, rurally based architect, servicing the South West Victorian region since 2007, I take a creative approach to solving my clients' problems and designing buildings of which they and their communities can be proud.  My architecture has been variously described as promoting curiosity, imagination and wonder.

JKA operates over a broad base, being able to advise upon, design and/or deliver multiple building types from major civic projects to a home extension or upgrade.  Key philosophies of the practice include building innovation, sustainability and longevity, particularly with regard to the smart use of available local building materials and features.

I hope that you find something that stimulates your imagination in the pictures on these web pages.


JAKOB KELLY (director)


I am highly qualified in both design and construction management, having completed a Bachelor of Architecture as well as a Bachelor of Construction Management at Deakin University, in Geelong.  I completed both of these degrees with Honours.

I have also worked in London and Melbourne, where I was exposed to a wide range of civic and private projects, including major upgrade works to the London Underground, in preparation for the overwhelmingly successful 2012 Olympic Games.

In 2010 I was a finalist in the Dulux Study Tour, a national competition seeking to identify Australia's most promising emerging architects.

Prior to moving my office to Hamilton, I held a senior role at an established regionally based architecture practice.  During this time I was heavily involved in the successful delivery of over twenty major capital works and building projects for government and non-government schools.

HAMISH AUSTIN (project architect)

Hamish studied architecture at University of South Australia, graduating in 2013 with Honours. Having been raised in Kaniva, rural Victoria, Hamish shares a similar passion to Jakob for supporting regional communities. After working in Adelaide for a year, Hamish chose to relocate to Hamilton in rural Victoria to continue his career as a regional based architect.

Hamish has worked with Jakob since 2015 and has become an integral member of the design team. His natural leadership abilities and humble personality have made him a popular work colleague amongst many of our clients and sub-consultants.

Hamish is committed to strong and continual professional development including his ongoing understanding of the unique characteristics of educational projects. Hamish has travelled throughout Australia visiting a range of educational facilities to give himself real world experience of the theoretical research he engages in daily.

Hamish’s thorough understanding and experience with 3D computer aided drawing software results in high quality documentation and design resolution. Our office has been commended on the production of clear and precise 3D renders, concept drawings and technical details from Hamish’s leadership in this field.


Based in Healesville, Yarra Valley, Diane is a recent member of the JK Architect family and services many of our Eastern Victorian projects.  Diane has extensive experience in commercial projects, having spent the last nine years working on large scale health planning projects in most of the Australian capital cities and parts of South East Asia. Her current portfolio includes being a key member of the design team on the New Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, undertaking research in Evidence Based Design and assisting with health planning and documentation.

Diane is also highly experienced in master planning of multi-building sites, her skills in assessing the needs of a site as a whole in integral to her delivery of a solution. Her analysis fits the specified use while also considering a closed loop for the environment. Diane has undertaken large scale master planning for hospital facilities including BallaratHealth Service (2007), BarwonHealth (2006) and The Royal Hobart Hospital (2010).

Diane has been a Green Star Accredited Professional for the last 5 years and continues to respect the environment not only in her project designs but also everyday. She is committed to reducing her carbon footprint and also holds a Permaculture Design Certificate, which she completed in Uganda in 2010, that enables her to look at the lifetime impact of project/design choices.


Braden has 3 years of architectural design drafting experience on various educational and community projects. Braden’s role includes a three stage process, starting with preliminary sketches to preparing working drawings and ending in the building construction stage. This includes liaison with the school to ensure educational needs and expectations are met where a project brief is developed.

Braden’s immaculate eye for detail, along with an in-depth understanding of current design and building regulations ensures high quality drawings. His up to date knowledge of recent building codes and current drafting software allows he to produce high quality 2D and 3D drawings.

Braden holds a keen interest in international architecture and travels regularly to educate and inform his design capabilities.