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.
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 of ArchiTeam, supporting Australia's small, medium and emerging architecture practices.
Supporter of UTS where Melonie Bayl-Smith is Adjunct Professor of Architecture.
Corporate sponsor of the Sydney Youth Orchestra since 2013.
Continuing sponsor of the University of Newcastle, including the Masters of Architecture End of Year Shows.
Member practice of the Association of Consulting Architects (ACA).
Supporter of Parlour, donating $1000 to make us a Parlour Intriguer.
Nominated Architect NSW 6846
Adjunct Professor, UTS School of Architecture
Board Member, Architects Registration Board of NSW
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.
VANESSA TANG-LEE | SENIOR ASSOCIATE
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).
ANDREW LEE | ASSOCIATE
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).
Giles joined Bijl Architecture in early 2016 as a graduate of architecture 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 (2015).
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.
B Arts (Psychology)
Lydia joined Bijl Architecture as practice administrator in 2016 with over 20 years project management and administrative experience across a wide range of sectors, including IT, HR, and training. She is keenly interested in the delivery of operationalsystems and communications that support innovative design practice.
Lydia graduated at UNE with a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) in 2013 and is studying Interior and Spatial Design at UTS.