About Jane Cameron Finlay ARBV RAIA
Architecture has always been part of my life, in one form or another. Growing up on a farm in rural Victoria, I was mesmerised by local public buildings and homesteads. My childhood sense of space combined with my love of drawing, Lego and sandpits naturally led me to a career in architecture. My curiosity drew me to Europe to explore new culture, modern and classical architecture.
The experience redefined my design response to how we live and work.
I am still fascinated how design and architecture influences the way we feel and interact with the spaces around us. I love Scandinavian design. Use of natural materials and light with a connection to nature creates serene, elegant spaces. My designs are informed by traditional European architecture with its symmetry, strength and timelessness. I adore contemporary Japanese residential architecture for its creative use of space and sculptural forms.
The result is finely crafted spaces that appeal to the senses and transcend time.
With twenty five years of post-graduate experience, my designs are inspired by my extensive international experience, with nine years based in London.
During my time overseas I worked with Mark Pinney Associates; on their portfolio of internationally renowned luxury fashion brands, Philippe Starck; the French product and interior designer who is said to be the most famous and prolific designer alive and Eva Jiřičná Architects, famous for her signature glass staircases.
As project architect, I have completed projects in Barcelona, Dallas, Dubai, Jeddah, Kuala Lumpur, London, Melbourne, Moscow, Riyadh and Sydney, and have worked on a number of award winning projects.
Helping the next generation of architects
I am an active member of the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) including speaking engagements, tutoring on the Practice of Architecture Learning Series, mentoring emerging architects through the Constructive Mentoring Program; and taking part in the Victorian Architecture Awards jury, Member Services Committee, and Practice of Architecture Committee.
And, I am a former elected board member of the Architects Registration Board of Victoria (ARBV), a regulatory body administrating the Architects Act.
I have also been an examiner for the ARBV Architectural Practice Exam (APE), which is the primary prerequisite for registration as an Architect in Australia, and a post-graduate tutor preparing candidates for the examination.
I am a Certified Passive House Designer, and I am a member of the Australian Passive House Association (APHA) and International Passive House Association (IPHA).
I’ve also been a sessional tutor at the University of Melbourne and a guest critic at various design schools.
If you’d like to discuss your project, please contact me for an obligation free consultation.