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.

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Nominated Architect NSW 6846 - ARBV 19214 - BoATAS 1080

Board Member, Architects Registration Board of NSW

NSW State Convenor of Pathways, AACA

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 has been included in the first edition of the publication Architette (2018), recognising 183 prominent women architects from across the world. 

In January 2018, Melonie was made a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects (FRAIA), a recognition of her significant contributions to the architectural profession.

Melonie is Adjunct Professor at UTS School of Architecture, an elected member of the NSW Architects Registration Board (2017-19), and as of January 2018, Melonie will be the State Convenor of Pathways for the registration of architects in NSW. She also recently completed a two year term as an elected Chapter Councillor of the NSW Chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects (2015-17).

Melonie is involved in the research culture of the profession; 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



B.A.(Hons) B.Arch.

Andrew is a registered architect in NSW (registration number 9866) and Senior Associate at Bijl Architecture. He commenced with the practice in early 2012 and works across a range of residential, commercial and educational projects presently being undertaken by the practice. Prior to joining Bijl Architecture, Andrew worked for Purcell (UK), where he was a key design team member  for the Sammy Ofer Wing, 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).



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. 

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

Vanessa is currently on leave until July 2018.




B. Arch Hon

Chelsea joined Bijl Architecture in 2016 and is an architect with 20 years' experience. 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)

Giles has been a part of Bijl Architecture since 2016 and works across the design, documentation and project management stages of projects. In the office, Giles manages our CAD systems to maximise the practice’s capabilities and to provide quality documentation across projects. Previously, Giles worked at an architecture firm in Newcastle, NSW while completing his Master of Architecture at the University of Newcastle. Prior to completing his Master’s degree, Giles worked for EPIC Homes, 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 in 2015 after experience working on various residential projects around Sydney’s Northern Beaches. Family home renovations experienced as a child sparked an interest in architecture as creative and practical career. Natasha works across all project stages from concept design and documentation through to contract administration. For Natasha, the most satisfying part of any architectural project is walking alongside the client through the process so as to achieve their vision. Materials, colours, textures and details are her forte, managing the Bijl Architecture technical library with a keen eye for new products.

Natasha graduated from the UTS DAB 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.



M. Arch

Joining Bijl Architecture in early 2018, Rachael has previously worked at HASSELL in Sydney and Fitzpatrick + Partners where she was involved with a range of competitions, commercial developments and residential projects.

Alongside these experiences, she has also undertaken private work in residential and retail design, gaining a broad range of skills across design, documentation and construction.

Rachael is driven by challenges and enjoys the problem solving activities that come with working in architecture and design, as well as working closely with clients to ensure that their visions and needs are met.

Rachael completed her M.Arch. at UTS in 2017.