The most vulnerable people in our communities need to be able to find refuge in safe, secure and welcoming environments that help them face life with a renewed sense of optimism.

For over 20 years, we’ve designed buildings for a wide range of services including boarding houses, group homes, senior living, social housing, affordable housing and women’s housing, applying respect and know-how to these frequently budget-constrained projects.

To date, we’ve completed more than 1,000 units on 100 projects, working across feasibility assessments, development applications, tender documentation and project management.

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Some of our Residential projects

St Marys

Wentworth Community Housing

Provide high quality, affordable housing stock in Greater Western Sydney, specifically St Marys.

Type of project:

Residential - Affordable Housing Units


Completed 2017



The development stands as a 4-5 storey apartment building, with 49 new units (the first 24 units built under the National Rental Housing Scheme (NRAS) and the remaining 25 units available for low cost rental or private sale.) The site also provides basement car parking, storage facilities, common area gardens and BBQ areas for the residents.

The building has been designed with a modern contemporary facade, utilising a palette of different materials including face brick, render & paint, metal cladding and operable louvres.

This building is a first for the area and sets precedence over the future character for the St Marys area.

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Cerebral Palsy Alliance

Type of project:

Residential - Group Homes


Completed 2019



At Stanton Dahl, we believe a Group Home should
 be more than a place to live. It should be a place that makes a real difference to the lives of its residents, a beautiful home that caters to their needs, one that has a positive impact on how they feel, think and interact with each other.

Our mission, to have a positive impact on people’s lives, is always front and centre. It guides everything we do, from the moment you talk to us about your project; from refining the brief, analysing the site and developing designs through to overseeing construction.

We’ve been doing it for thirty- five years now, designing and documenting thousands of buildings for the bene t of the community. More than 40 of these buildings have been Group Homes for clients such as Land & Housing Corporation, Ageing Disability & Home Care (ADHC), Cerebral Palsy Alliance and Multiple Sclerosis Australia.

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130 Frenchs Forest Rd

Gannet Developments

Provide affordable housing solutions for the growing community, particularly providing low cost rental accommodation for essential services including nurses as a result of the boarding houses close proximity to the Northern Beaches Hospital.

Type of project:

New Generation Boarding House


Completed 2019



Located on French’s Forest Road West, this site proposes a 20 bed Boarding House Development + basement car parking.

The Boarding Rooms offer studio space accommodation with private bathroom & laundry facilities. All rooms have private balconies, access to common room facilities and undercover basement car parking.

The development proposes a contemporary architecture using a mix of face brickwork, render & paint, decorative louvres and screens.

The design embodies clever design solutions to address privacy to both the boarding room studios and the neighbouring properties.

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Residential Team

Jason O’Keefe

Jason O’Keefe

Sector Leader - Residential

Jason O’Keefe has more than 17 years of experience as a building designer after graduating from South West Sydney Institute of TAFE and receiving the Graduate State Medal for New South Wales in 1998.

After graduating, Jason spent several years working for project home and residential estate developers where he broadened his experience in cost effective designs and estate speculative house designs. In 2001 Jason established a partnership in a local architectural firm where he gained experience in running a small practice as well as maintaining a role as a residential office manager.

Since joining the Stanton Dahl team at the beginning of 2007, Jason has overseen the Family & Community Services Housing HNSW Stanton Dahl portfolio as the Residential segment leader. This role includes liaising with the client, meeting client deliverables and strict time frames and tight budgets, all the while with the occupants of his buildings at the forefront of his design vision.

Phillip Stanton Dahl

Phillip Stanton


While an architect’s role is to objectively analyse a client’s needs using ‘outside eyes’, Phillip’s work as a client prior to founding what became Stanton Dahl in 1984 has given him an acute perspective from both sides of the fence.

Developed over many years and honed on hundreds of buildings, his ability to develop design solutions that serve the priorities of both the client as well as the building’s users is almost intuitive and continues to inspire the practice to this day.

Phillip became a Registered Architect in 1974. He joined the Property Dept of the Commonwealth Bank, rising to 2IC in the Major Projects Division where memorable milestones including securing the bank’s support in the early 1980’s for his plans relating to the total refurb of its property 48 Martin Place at a budget in excess of $125m.

Over the past 35 years in private business, he has grown Stanton Dahl Architects from a single-practitioner business to the significant enterprise with over 40 staff it is today.

Shayne Evans Stanton Dahl

Shayne Evans


Combining his passion for design, obsession to serve the needs of our clients and management skills, Shayne leads the practice into its next 35 years.

As a lead architect, Shayne has extensive experience in the design, documentation and administration of projects ranging from high-end residential work to low-cost schools. Several of the projects that Shayne has worked on have won national design awards and he relishes maintaining a hands-on role in Stanton Dahl’s significant design projects.

Shayne has a keen interest in using his skills to assist disadvantaged communities achieve high quality built environments without having to spend a lot of money. To that end Shayne spends some of his time providing architectural services to such communities.

This provides many opportunities to identify and implement creative and low cost solutions to some very complex problems.

Tarshan Ahmed

Tarshan Ahmed

Senior architect

Tarshan is a senior architect at Stanton Dahl Architects. He received his Bachelor Degree in Architecture with Honour in 2002. Tarshan has a track record of project achievements, stands on a solid knowledge and experience gained throughout 17 years of working across various sectors including Multi-Residential, Aged Care, Hospitality and other sectors. Tarshan designed and delivered many large-scale projects, leading design teams, coordinating consultants and specialist inputs and successfully managing client relationships.

Tarshan is passionate about complex design challenges, he has an eye for detail and always adopting an agile approach to deliver his projects. Tarshan also received his Masters Degree of Business Administration MBA in 2011 that sharpened his talent to lead design teams and attending to client’s business objectives.

Michelle Chau

Michelle Chau

Michelle received a Masters Degree in Architecture from the University of New South Wales in 2008. She came first place and was awarded “The Board of Architects of NSW Prize” in 2004 & 2006. Michelle worked part time for a local Architect on a number of hotels and apartment projects when she was studying.

After graduating, Michelle taught at the University of New South Wales as a studio tutor teaching architectural practice.

Joining Stanton Dahl in 2009, Michelle has over 10 years of experience in design, documentation and administration of both residential and educational buildings. As part of the Residential Segment Michelle has been involved in many residential projects scaling from group homes, townhouses, residential villas to large scale multi-unit apartment buildings. She is known for delivering high quality work on time and on budget.

Michael Padre

Michael Padre

Michael received his Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of the Philippines – Diliman in 2002 and became a Registered Architect in 2004. He worked for 12 years in the Philippines handling various projects in the Residential, Commercial, Education, Healthcare, and Religious sector. He also worked in the university as a Lecturer for 7 years specializing in training students in the use of CAD and BIM softwares.

After moving to Sydney in 2014, he has been mostly involved with Residential projects for the next 3 years. He joined Stanton Dahl in 2017 and has since assisted and taken lead roles in the design and documentation of Residential projects for NSW Land and Housing Corporation and LendLease.

Christopher Paolino

Christopher Paolino

Christopher received a Masters Degree in Architecture from the University of Newcastle in 2014. He was awarded Class II Division I Honors.

After graduating, Christopher gained experience working for a small firm which provided opportunities to work on differing scales of residential projects for both private clients and developers. These projects ranged from small single storey alterations and additions to small to medium scale residential and mixed use apartment buildings.

Joining Stanton Dahl in 2017, Christopher has been involved in the design, documentation and administration of residential projects and automotive projects.

Christopher’s enthusiasm and determination ensures that he is well regarded by his colleagues.

Strapline Testimonial
  • “respectful of limited resources but also desirous of achieving the best outcomes”

    St Augustine’s Anglican Church

  • “challenging us and providing insight”

    Thomas Hassall Anglican College

  • “innovative design possibilities in the educational sphere”

    Seventh Day Adventist Schools

  • “good communicators. great design outcomes”

    Thomas Hassall Anglican College

  • “without doubt the most enjoyable projects”

    Denham Constructions