John Byleveld

By | November 5, 2012 at 2:40 am | No comments | The Presenters

B.A. Lit.|  B. Des.St.| M.Arch


Always had a passion for drawing which eventually led to studying a Bachelor of Environmental  Design  at UWA.  Immersed in the Perth arts scene and completed a creative writing degree at Curtin University and after graduating moved to Melbourne chasing the arts.

Formed several bands in Melbourne and composed and produced a variety of artists and managed to produce five studio albums.  Also heavily involved in the Melbourne poetry scene and supported my wife to establish Poets Post – a publishing agency for unsolicited manuscripts.

I was fascinated by layout and architecture of old Melbourne – ornate boardwalk streets radiating from the centre, still trapped in the trimmings of gold rush boom. The intricate networks of bluestone lanes in Melbourne, 332 km to be exact, I had the job of cleaning them at a time for the City of Yarra. There was no end to the astonishment at the things we’d find in the lanes.

After a decade of debauch bohemia and detailing the unabashed layers off the laneways – we had our first child and headed as you do, back to familia pastures.  I had always done driving jobs of one description or another to turn a little coin while pursuing the arts– from streetsweepers to bobcats and dozers to one-armed bandits – whatever was required. So when we arrived back in Perth I returned to earthworks industry as a machine operator and became skilled at levelling pristine scrub in the name of low integrity subdivisions. The outskirts of Perth metro like most capital cities are littered with most appalling developments. In most cases you could make a better fist of it with a mud map and a B-12 bomber. I remember at the height of the boomin WA – being told that when you run out of daylight to just turn the lights on the machine and keep going – 24/7 suburban developments.

The boomtown madness of Perth awoke the sleeping giant that is Architecture and I returned to UWA to get back in the argument.

Now based in Adelaide John is happily married with three children.

  • Completed Masters of Architecture at Adelaide University in 2012 and was awarded Phillips Pilkington Architecture Prize for the highest quality design in the final year of the program.
  • John is also founder of BARC Club – a series of community based discussion forums held in the informal setting of a ‘bar’ with the aim of furthering the discourse on Adelaide design. BARC Club is a blog with contributions from various design professionals.
  • Student Architect at David Grieve Architects 2009-2012.


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