Our design ethos

Architectural approach
Great architecture should not only be pleasurable to occupy, it should work invisibly to meet the requirements of spaces’ intended use and end-user. It should not be obvious or cumbersome to the end-user. We never embark on new projects with preconceived ideas of the design outcome and approach every commission with openness and a recognition that form should always follow function.

Eliminate waste
Our entire team is constantly innovating to be more efficient in our design processes and our approach to design. Efficiency in our processes allows more time on the design which inevitably delivers better outcomes for our Clients. Whilst taking a zero-waste design approach ensures that our projects are delivered more economically and sustainably.

Create lasting partnerships 
We work tirelessly to deliver exceptional service to exceptional clients and strongly believe in quality over quantity. We focus on a small number of projects at one time, to ensure projects are adequately resourced and the needs of our most important partners, our clients, are always met.

Meet our team

Startari was established in 2016 by architect Daniel Startari, following a successful career spanning 17 years in design, project management and construction. From our office in Adelaide, South Australia, Daniel leads a team of inspired, enthusiastic, detail-oriented designers, delivering highly acclaimed projects at home and overseas.

Daniel Startari


Innovative, passionate, and detail-driven, Daniel Startari (B.Arch) is not only an accomplished architect and project manager, but also a licensed builder, and brings over 17 years of experience in the industry. He has worked with numerous global design practices both in Australia and overseas, including 7 years in the Middle East where his extensive travel commitments fuelled his passion to explore the world’s diverse cultures, communities and architectural styles. In 2016, Daniel launched Startari and since then he has been privileged to work with some incredible clients and people who, together, have made him the architect he is today.

James Lockington

Graduate of Architecture

James joined Startari in 2019. He is a strong believer in approaching life and projects pragmatically and holistically. It was the shared values of Startari, and its impressive portfolio of high-end commercial and residential projects that first attracted him to the firm. Inspired by the challenges of combining creativity with practical problem solving, James’ architectural philosophy stems from a belief that all design should closely align with the function and purpose of the space it is creating.

Trevor Walton

Graduate of Architecture

Trevor joined Startari in early 2020. It was his passion for creative design and keen interest in science and technology that first drew him to the discipline. Trevor is driven by the ethos that the best architects are those who care about delivering thoroughly well-thought-out design, and are constantly striving to produce work they’re proud of. These principles, together with the value he places on paying attention to the smallest details, perfectly align with the professional and design ideals of Startari.

Sam Short

Student of Architecture

Inspired from a young age by a love of art and technology, creativity and product design, a career in architecture was a natural progression for Sam. Joining Startari in 2020 and with a close family connection to the design industry, including a grandmother who also studied architecture, it’s easy to imagine that design and creativity are in Sam's DNA. Attention to detail, thirst for knowledge and passion for delivering quality in every aspect naturally aligned Sam's vision with the values of Startari.