Dajon Veldman always dreamed of becoming an Architect. Although his intense wanderlust soon meant that his professional life would be defined by the increasing enjoyment of the cities Dajon experienced – everything that happened there and all the reasons why he continued to return. It is no surprise that this enjoyment of ‘place’ made Dajon realize he had an inherent desire to understand the complexity behind the concept of the ‘city’, and more importantly, be the person who would help define them.
Dajon went on to study a Bachelor of Structural Engineering and then a Master of Urbanism at Rotterdam. These were formative years that were about grounding his style which was very much about learning, exploring and developing ideas through design and of course, developing a deeper understanding of the urban landscape and its historical development. It was during this time that Dajon grew to appreciate the literal, metaphorical and ephemeral moments that stitch together a very important context; a context that has the ability to create a society, define a culture, its people and the dynamic that exists between them as a collective. Dajon enjoys bringing complex multi-disciplinary teams together to achieve a common vision – this is what inspires him the most.
Through creating urban visions, city strategies, urban master plans, renewal plans and brown and green field master plans, Dajon has established an extensive urban design and master planning career that has spanned nearly 20 years, acquired on projects in Australia, the Middle East, China, India and the Netherlands. As an internationally renowned and respected professional, he has had the privilege of being appointed as a peer reviewer and commissioned to develop design guidelines for a myriad of projects with varying degrees of scale and complexity – areas of expertise that he brings to Scott Carver.
This new chapter presents exciting development opportunities for Scott Carver, as well as the chance for Dajon to further cement his reputation as a dominant urban designer and master planner in both Sydney, Australia and the international market. It will see Dajon venture into and embrace new possibilities, particularly if we observe the reverse impacts globalization is having on western culture and how these overseas forces will increasingly become more dominant in the Australian development landscape. Having worked in emerging markets Dajon understands their drivers and combined with our local knowledge Scott Carver can look forward to becoming a major partner for overseas developers and investors. For Dajon the future will be an exciting mix of projects with both local and international development firms that have the ability to shape our cities in a truly Australian way.
Needless to say, one of the most exciting things about Dajon is his ambitious desire to envisage an enhanced future. A future that will positively impact lives and one that he is determined to be a key individual in shaping. After all, for him, the best part of being an Urban Designer and Master Planner is the daily interaction with people and culture, and a chance to think strategically about future development solutions and directions. For that, it is a privilege to have Dajon on board to help our clients realise our collective vision for the future of the urban landscape.