Professor Swayn was appointed as the first ACT Government Architect in July 2010 and made an outstanding contribution to improving design outcomes in the ACT. During his tenure with ACT Government, Professor Swayn provided important contributions to major public projects such as the new ACT Law Courts Facility, health facilities, the City Plan, City to the Lake (West Basin), and the City and Gateway Draft Urban Design Framework.
As a founding partner of Daryl Jackson Alastair Swayn (DJAS), Professor Swayn was one of Canberra’s leading architects and a committed member of the Canberra design community for more than 40 years.
In early 2016, Professor Swayn resigned from the role of ACT Government Architect and regrettably passed away in August 2016. Professor Swayn will be remembered for his significant contribution to the ACT and to the architectural and broader design community in Australia. The Alastair Swayn Foundation has since been established in his memory to continue to support the Australian architectural and design community.