Bijl Architecture is a Sydney-based architecture and design practice founded by director Melonie Bayl-Smith. Contemporary, design-led works characterise the portfolio of Bijl Architecture including numerous completed projects across residential, interiors, educational and public sectors.

To underpin our belief that great design thinks ahead, Bijl Architecture focuses on a collaborative, research-based approach to each project, working closely with clients, consultants, and builders. Inherent flexibility and intentional longevity are key to the practice's design philosophy, thereby capturing our desire to create sustainable architecture from the viewpoints of aesthetics, functionality, economy and the total environment.

Bijl Architecture has earned recognition from peers and the public alike, with many projects published extensively and winning awards and commendations. Our current projects are situated across Sydney, the Southern Highlands, Newcastle and regional Victoria, embracing a broad range of sites, clients and contexts.

Alongside our built work projects, Bijl Architecture participates in architectural education and in academic and design research, embracing the design studio, construction teaching, digital fabrication, and professional practice education. 


Project photography: Katherine LuPeter BennettsMichael Ford_ StudioWillem Rethmeier, Glyn Thomas.

Profile photography: Maja Baska and Kirsten Delaney


About the name 'Bijl'

Bijl Architecture is prequalified under the following schemes:

  • Government Architect Design Excellence - Architecture
  • Government Architect Design Excellence - Emerging Design Practice
  • Land and Housing Corporatation (LAHC) Architectural Consultant
  • Urban Growth NSW Architecture Panel

Supporter and A+ Member of the Australian Institute of Architects. Melonie Bayl-Smith is on the AIA NSW Chapter Council.

Member practice of the Association of Consulting Architects (ACA).


Member of ArchiTeam, supporting Australia's small, medium and emerging architecture practices.

Supporter of UTS where Melonie Bayl-Smith is Adjunct Professor of Architecture.

Programme Partner of the Australasian Student Architecture Conference 2017 'AGENCY'

Bronze sponsor of the 2018 Venice Biennale Australian Pavilion 'Repair'

Corporate sponsor of the Sydney Youth Orchestra since 2013.


Supporter of Parlour, donating $1000 to make us a Parlour Intriguer.



Nominated Architect NSW 6846 - ARBV 19214 - BoATAS 1080

Board Member, Architects Registration Board of NSW

Adjunct Professor, UTS School of Architecture

MELONIE BAYL-SMITH is a registered Architect and Director of Sydney-based Bijl Architecture, who over the past 15 years has produced numerous design-led projects across residential, educational and public sectors. A believer in the maxim that great design thinks ahead, Melonie’s considered and purposeful approach to architecture is evident in the practice’s award-winning and widely-published projects.

Known as an outspoken advocate for architectural education, gender equity and good design, Melonie is Adjunct Professor at UTS School of Architecture, an elected member of the NSW Architects Registration Board (2017-19), and has recently completed a two year term as a Chapter Councillor for the NSW Chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects (2015-17).

Melonie is an active researcher; evidenced by the publication of peer-reviewed academic papers and presentations at conferences worldwide, includes “BuildAbility”, a large-scale international research project examining the future of construction education for architects and associated professionals. This project was supported by a Byera Hadley Scholarship and a National Association for Women in Construction (NAWIC) IWD Scholarship.

Melonie’s project, studio and research collaborators span across Australia, Europe and the UK, and she maintains an active role as an examiner, writer, critic and speaker, both locally and abroad.

“As always… I think you might have the nicest office full of people I’ve ever had the pleasure to work with.”
— Rob O'Reilly, Partridge
We would highly recommend Bijl Architecture. We worked closely with Melonie and Andy, and appreciated their willingness to work with us and agree on mutually-acceptable solutions to any situation. They were able to easily communicate their creative talents and experience in a wide range of building styles and also their experience and knowledge of well-qualified builders and trades.
— Russell and Robyn, Wairangi House
For a client, the process of commissioning something unique can be daunting, but giving talented people freedom has resulted in something special.
— Rachel and Rupert, Naremburn House

Vanessa Tang-Lee




Vanessa joined the practice in 2010 and since has made significant contributions to several published and award winning projects completed by Bijl Architecture. She is an Interior Designer and member of the DIA, working across the full spectrum of design, documentation, interior specifying and project management services offered by the practice. Prior to working at Bijl, Vanessa was the in-house designer at FY2K designer furniture showroom where she developed her knowledge of quality finishes and manufacturing. Vanessa was appointed Associate of Bijl Architecture in 2015.

Vanessa graduated from UTS with a double degree in Interior Design and International studies (Honours, 2009). 



B.A.(Hons) B.Arch.

Andrew is a registered architect in NSW (registration number 9866). He commenced with Bijl Architecture in early 2012 and works on the design, documentation and project management stages of a range of residential, commercial and industrial projects. Prior to joining Bijl, Andrew worked for Purcell (UK), dealing mainly with cultural and heritage items. He was a key member of the design team for the Sammy Ofer Wing at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, which has since won several prestigious architecture and planning awards.

Andrew graduated from the University of Lincoln (UK) with a Bachelor of Architecture RIBA Pt. II. (2011).





B. Arch Hon

Chelsea joined Bijl Architecture in 2016 and is an architect with 20 years' experience. Registered as an architect in NSW, Chelsea has diverse experience across residential, commercial, retail and health sectors. Previously, Chelsea worked for architecture firms including Cottee Parker in Brisbane, Rice Daubney in Sydney and TPBennett in the UK, where she was also registered as an architect. Chelsea brings to the team an innovative, fresh outlook on project design and delivery, constantly examining and challenging the parameters of projects to provide a finished work that exceeds clients' expectations of design and functionality.

Chelsea graduated from Newcastle University (Australia) with a Bachelor of Architecture Honours (1994).



M. Arch (Hons)

Joseph commenced with Bijl Architecture in mid 2017 as an experienced graduate to contribute his skills across design, documentation and management of Bijl Architecture’s projects. Upon graduation Joseph joined Candalepas Associates, contributing to a diverse range of award winning projects including competition schemes, residential, institutional and mixed use developments. He brings enthusiasm for architectural projects of all types, focusing on the intersection of art and architecture. He believes that the exploration of cultural influences are inherent in what architects do and that the pursuit of this leads to high quality design outcomes and the satisfaction of clients.

Joseph graduated from the University of Newcastle, Australia with his Masters of Architecture with first class honours in 2013.


M. Arch (Hons)

Giles joined Bijl Architecture in early 2016 as a graduate and works on a range of projects at various stages of design, documentation and construction. Previously, Giles worked at an architecture firm in Newcastle, NSW while completing his Master of Architecture at the University of Newcastle. As part of his Masters, Giles developed a thesis on philosophical approaches to adaptive reuse architecture and has a personal interest in how we retain and adapt existing urban fabric to meet the functional and social needs of contemporary society. Prior to completing his Master’s degree, Giles worked for EPIC, a social enterprise based in Kuala Lumpur that provides housing solutions to the indigenous peoples of rural Malaysia through community engagement.
Giles graduated from the University of Newcastle, Australia with a Master of Architecture in 2015.


M. Arch

Natasha joined Bijl Architecture as an architecture student and practice assistant in 2015. She is passionate about residential design for its personal nature. Various family home renovations as a child sparked her interest in a career which she says is a balance of practical and creative skills. As part of her current Masters of Architecture studies, Natasha has investigated a range of topics from micro and affordable housing, to city planning and public spaces.

Natasha graduated at UTS with a Diploma of Design in 2011, a Bachelor of Design in Architecture in 2014 and a Master of Architecture in 2016. 




M. Arch

Liam joined Bijl Architecture in 2017 after graduating from his Masters degree. He has varied architectural experience covering education and aged care projects, research, exhibitions, teaching architectural theory, and freelance design of small residential projects in Sydney. Liam is interested in how Architecture can improve normal daily experiences, and believes effective communication is essential to good design.

Liam graduated from UTS with a Bachelor of Design in Architecture in 2014, and a Masters of Architecture in early 2017.



Levi joined Bijl Architecture in early 2017 after completing his Bachelor of Design (Architecture) at UTS. Prior to commencing work at Bijl, Levi worked at a series of small practices in Queensland and New South Wales, gaining experience in small scale commercial and residential fit-outs. Influenced by his upbringing in South-East Asia and Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, Levi is interested in sustainable design that can respond to expected climate changes in the coming decades. Levi is looking to begin his Master’s degree at UTS in 2018.