With a rich spirit of collaboration, our young award-winning team is backed by three decades of expertise and experience

People

We are creative, tech-forward and expert designers, working in an agile, close-knit team. Our energy for excellence, blended with decades of award-winning experience, means we bring an open mind and fresh perspective to every design that bears our name.

Profiles

Bruce Stafford
Bruce Stafford

Founding director of Stafford Architecture, Bruce Stafford has enjoyed an almost 40 year career spanning South Africa, the Caribbean, Australia, the Middle East and Asia. Establishing his first practice in South Africa in 1984, the award winning studio designed a range of multi level residential, commercial workplace, and luxury eco boutique resort hotel projects throughout the region.

Due to considerable interest in private commissions and a lifelong passion for surfing, Bruce relocated the practice to Sydney, Australia in 2001.

Bruce oversees all Stafford Architecture projects and provides ongoing mentoring to the practice Associates and team. Each project is centred on a collaborative focus drawing on the community of specialists that Stafford Architecture has built over the past 2 decades.

 

Bronwyn Litera
Bronwyn Litera

Stafford Architecture Senior Associate, Bronwyn Litera received her M. Arch (with distinction) and B.Arch (with distinction) from RMIT and has been a practicing architect since 2010.

Driven by beautiful, clever and carefully considered design, Bronwyn joined Stafford Architecture in 2014 and has collaborated on award winning projects such as Dizzy Heights.

An adventurous but considered Architect, Bronwyn’s passion for architecture is matched by a desire to realise the most visually stimulating and functional solution to any problem presented and in the process achieve the emotive qualities of good design.

 

Christopher Trotta
Christopher Trotta

Christopher Trotta; Senior Associate at Stafford Architecture received his M.Arch from the University of South Australia (UniSA) in 2010 and was awarded the top Graduate prize in his cohort.

Pursuing an ambition to do better, more refined practice based work Chris relocated to Sydney where he commenced with Stafford Architecture in 2015.

Having a practical and adaptable nature, Chris works easily with diverse sets of clients and site environments and has naturally grown within the practice to assume leadership on Stafford Architecture International projects.

 

Joe McGregor
Joe McGregor

Joe McGregor; Senior Associate, joined Stafford Architecture in 2017 following eight years working in South Australia across a variety of projects defining his passion for contemporary high-end residential.

Receiving a B.Design Studies and his M. Architecture in 2008 from the University of Adelaide, Joe has applied his skills in producing cohesive and enduring design with Stafford Architecture.

With a strong passion for Modernist design, Joe’s minimalist style is echoed through the Stafford Architecture Darling Vista project, which exemplifies his passion for honest materials and bespoke detailing.

 

Erik Smithson
Erik Smithson

Since joining Stafford Architecture in 2012, Associate Erik has been a crucial Project Architect overseeing numerous luxury residential designs. Erik received a M.Arch from the University of New South Wales and is highly skilled at infusing drawing and sculpture practice into his architecture.

Connected to an ethos of continual learning within an evolving industry, Erik’s personal interests mirror his professional specialisation and he passionately explores art making, drawing and sculpture when away from the studio.

Lucia Ayub
Lucia Ayub

Lucia began her practice as an architect trainee on residential projects in 2007 at a small studio in her native Brazil. Joining Stafford Architecture in early 2018, Lucia has been involved across concept design, interior architecture and design documentation of various projects.

An organised and creative architect with a passion for good design, Lucia believes it is crucial to be open to new ideas and challenges whilst maintaining a collaborative focused team.

 

Jess Wong
Jess Wong

Jess joined Stafford Architecture in 2018 after receiving a M.Arch from the University of New South Wales and has worked on a diverse range of projects from urban, public, multi-residential, residential and interior design.

Having grown up in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs, Jess understands the importance of connecting people with place and crafting transformative environments addressing needs of sanctuary, seclusion, exploration and enjoyment.

 

James Topping
James Topping

After receiving his M. Arch from the University of Canberra in 2015, James immediately joined Stafford Architecture in a Graduate Architect position. Taking a collected and positive attitude to all his endeavours, James is an ambitious, approachable and pragmatic young architect who believes collaboration and simplicity is key.

James prizes a design driven ethos of form and function being one. Outside of the studio James indulges his interests in hiking, cycling, chess and the arts.

Joanna Misenkova
Joanna Misenkova

Joanna (Jojo) received her M.Arch from the University of Sydney in 2017 and joined Stafford Architecture in early 2018.

Jojo has been involved in the creative process of conceptual development of new Stafford Architecture projects and artfully applies her skills in communicating clients wants and needs with good design and careful attention to detail.

 

Brittany Cohen
Brittany Cohen

Brittany joined Stafford Architecture after receiving a B. Architecture (University of Technology, Sydney) and a B.Interior Design (Billy Blue College of Design | Torrens University Australia).

Prior to joining Stafford Architecture, Brittany focused exclusively on multiple high end residential projects amongst Sydney’s eastern suburbs coastal and harbourside enclaves.

Spending much of her childhood and formative years residing in Sydney’s harbourside eastern suburbs, Brittany has cultivated an innate response to context which embodies contemporary living; focusing on space, light and materiality with layered texture.

 

Monica Vogel Santos
Monica Vogel Santos

Monica joined Stafford Architecture in 2018 after practising with Luigi Rosselli Architects in Sydney. Attaining her Grad Dip. Design, BArch in 2007, Monica believes that a successful design combines quality, attention to detail, respect to its surroundings and history.

She draws strongly from her Brazilian background and praises the use of clean and elegant design in partnership with natural materials.