Darren Naftal:

Architect, Author and Director
B. Architecture (honours) University of Melbourne, 1997.

With a father who is a builder, Darren grew up on building sites. From the age of ten, he dreamed of being an architect. At age 24, Darren fulfilled his dream of 14 years: he completed his architecture degree to become an architect. Since he made the move from Lego blocks to concrete blocks, he is just as passionate about architecture today.

After several years gaining experience with well-regarded architectural firms, Darren began DN Architecture in 2001, the only practice in Australia specialising in difficult blocks.

Darren’s work has received awards, been published in several magazines and exhibited by the Australian Institute of Architects. With highly site responsive, resourceful and inventive designs he has obtained planning approval for every one of his projects, a success rate virtually unheard of in the industry.

With a fine eye for quality and detail, every design explores new ideas, and are always beautiful, elegant, and functional. He strives to achieve what he considers the ultimate measure of a designs success – timelessness. The thoroughness of his drawings communicates his designs with the utmost clarity, and earns him the respect and praise of builders, engineers and councils he works with. Those who benefit most though, are his clients. “To see their enormous smiles once they’ve moved in and hear of their love of their new home, is the ultimate reward for me”.