Jackson was born on 7 February 1937 in Clunes, Victoria, Australia. He was educated at Wesley College in Melbourne and he graduated from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) and the University of Melbourne with a Diploma of Architecture.
Jackson established his first practice with Evan Walker in 1965. Jackson Architecture Pty Ltd, located in Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra, Brisbane, London, Vietnam, and China, has completed a large catalogue of projects, including university and college facilities, stadiums, commercial offices, art galleries, and industrial structures. Some of his projects include the Immigration Museum, Melbourne and the County Court of Victoria.
Jackson's considerable teaching, writing, and lecturing has had a significant influence on the course of Australian architectural development. He taught architecture at RMIT and wrote a regular column on housing for The Age from 1966 to 1999. Jackson has also been a principal lecturer at Royal Australian Institute of Architects (RAIA) conventions and was a visiting professor of architecture and design at the University of New South Wales in 1982. With positions as Chairman of the Australian Film Institute, Trustee of the National Gallery of Victoria, Member of the Victorian Council of the Arts, Vice President of the Melbourne Cricket Club, and President of Wesley College, he has continually contributed to a heterogeneous notion of Australian culture.
Jackson's architecture has evolved over forty years of professional practice. His first contribution to Australian architecture began with the Harold Holt Memorial Swimming Centre, which defined his early Brutalist architecture style.
Two buildings, Swinburne University Graduate School of Management and County Court of Victoria in central Melbourne, work their way into the iconic street grid to form hard-edge modernist figures on important street corners. The slicing "cut edge" profiling of the Court entrance portico is a gesture of urban affirmation that symbolises and emphasises a new presence.
Jackson's more recent projects, found in Australia and internationally, differ from one another because they reflect the attitudes, technologies, and vernacular of their respective localities.
As the chief principal of design at Jackson Architecture, Jackson perceives his role relative to that of a film director: "working on the plot, lining up the cameras, producing and editing to generate the desired result". While Jackson unifies each product with his direct design input, he places a strong emphasis on collaborative design and idea thinking, and acknowledges the talent and co-professionalism of other designers that help piece together each project.
Daryl's Sydney practice, Daryl Jackson Robin Dyke Pty Ltd, is the Executive Architect for the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) on the new Frank Gehry-designed business school building. The Dr Chau Chak Wing Building will be Gehry’s first building in Australia with a design based on the idea of a tree-house structure. Construction will start in early 2012 and be complete in time for the 2014 academic year.1981 – The first Australian architect to be awarded the Sir Zelman Cowen Award
1987 – Royal Australian Institute of Architects Gold Medal
1990 – Appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia on 26 January 1990 for his service to architecture
1978 - Citation in Library Design Awards for Balwyn Library, Melbourne, Victoria.
1998 – RAIA Environment Award for Sunshine Coast University College, Science Faculty Building, Queensland.
1999 – RAIA Presidents Award for Recycled Buildings for the Immigration Museum and Hellenic Archaeological Museum, Melbourne, Victoria.
2003 – RAIA Interior Architecture Award for the County Court of Victoria, Melbourne Victoria.
2010 – RAIA Public Architecture Award RAIA (WA Chapter) Regional Commendation for the WA Basketball Centre (AK Reserve) (Peter Hunt Architects JV)
2010 – RAIA Colourbond Award for Steel Architecture
RAIA (WA Chapter) Regional Commendation for the RWA Basketball Centre (AK Reserve) (Peter Hunt Architects JV)
2010 – Master Builders (WA) Excellence in Construction Award, Best State Government Building Commendation for the WA Basketball Centre (AK Reserve) (Peter Hunt Architects JV)
2010 – Master Builders (VIC) Excellence in Construction Award, Excellence in Commercial Buildings $10M-$15M for the Commendation VIC Ivanhoe Girls’ Grammar School
2010 – Western Australian Heritage Award for the WA Police Midland Operations Support Facility, (Peter Hunt Architects JV)
Jackson’s projects are mostly found in Australia’s four east coast capital cities: Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Canberra. He also has work located in Shanghai, Qingdao, Hanoi, Berlin and London.
Notable works include:Princes Hill Secondary College
Ivanhoe Girls' Grammar School Resource Centre
Sydney Conservatorium of Music
Redevelopment of the University of Ballarat
University of Queensland Biosciences Precinct
Redevelopment of the Wesley College – St. Kilda Road Campus Junior School (formerly known as the Preparatory School)
Swinburne University Graduate School of Business
The Snow Centre for Education in the Asian Century, Canberra Grammar School
Carlton Housing Redevelopment
Wuxi Housing Development, China
Elliston Estate, Rosanna
Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre
Royal Prince Alfred Hospital redevelopment
Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital redevelopment
Royal Melbourne Hospital redevelopment
Prince of Wales Hospital redevelopment
Royal Australasian College of Surgeons redevelopment
CSIRO Discovery Centre
Brisbane Cricket Ground
Melbourne Cricket Ground Great Southern Stand
Melbourne Cricket Ground Northern Stand
Australian Institute of Sport Swimming Hall
Frankston Arts Centre
120 Collins Street, Melbourne
480 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne
European Serviced Offices, Budapest
Australian Greenhouse Office, Canberra
Brindabella Business Park, Canberra
Canberra Centre, Canberra
3-5 National Circuit Attorney General's Department
County Court of Victoria
West Australian Police Academy
Impulse Airlines hangar at Canberra Airport
Capital Jet Facility at Canberra Airport
University of Melbourne
Canberra Grammar School