Joel Smith

Joel is a legend.  After finishing college in Canberra, he moved to Hobart briefly and completed a course in Building and Construction. Returning to Canberra with a new skillset, Joel worked in a set production workshop for a couple of years. He had been temporarily helping a mate with their painting business, which then became a full time job for the next few years.  After the painting gig Joel moved on to a workshop at the National Gallery of Australia as one of the art packers; crating and installing artwork and completing a course in museum studies.

Joel found a passion for design during his time at the NGA and went on to complete an Advanced Diploma of Building Design. It was at this point he joined the Light House team (then Jigsaw), where he continued studies in architecture going on to complete the Bachelor of Art in Architecture and Master of Architecture programs at the University of Canberra (check out all the top student gongs he took out below). In 2017 he also worked part-time as a labourer with an architect/builder, gaining construction knowledge on small scale residential builds. 

Between moonlighting as a roller-derby referee, and riding his mountain bike hell-for-leather down Mount Stromlo, Joel is an integral member of the Light House team. Joel and his partner have recently purchased a property just south of Braidwood, New South Wales. He hopes to design and build a solar passive home, and eventually make the move out there. 



Master of Architecture, University of Canberra

Bachelor of Arts in Architecture, University of Canberra

Diploma of Building Design, Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT)

Cert II in Building and Construction, TAFE Hobart



2018 | AIA Daryl Jackson Alastair Swayne Graduate Prize

2018 | AIA  ACT Chapter Student Medallion

2017 | COX Architecture award for best Masters of Architecture Studio Project