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.

 

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, Senior 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.

 

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.

 

Juliana Junqueira
Juliana Junqueira

Juliana joined Stafford Architecture in 2021 bringing over 12 years of international and local experience to the team. Born and raised in Brasilia, the working home of one of the greatest modernist architects – Oscar Niemeyer – served as significant inspiration of how powerful and impactful architecture can be.

Throughout her career, in Brazil and Australia, she has worked across a diverse portfolio of high end projects, such as residential, multi residential and commercial. Her passion lies in creating homes with a harmonious balance between a concept and its translation to the aesthetic design as a thoughtful response to one’s dreams.

Juliana believes that architecture should always give regard to the physical experience of the space, the feeling it evokes to and the sense of identity it resonates.

Her enthusiastic approach to timeless design, is driven by her constant pursuit for functionality without sacrificing elegance.

Julian Badman
Julian Badman

Julian received his M.Arch from the University of Sydney in 2016. Prior to joining Stafford Architecture, Julian was involved in the design and delivery of commercial, sporting and performance venues. He has developed an affinity for Cultural and Heritage buildings where detail and architectural articulation are clear and deliberate. Julian seeks clarity and simplicity in his craft and believes that design should distil a world of influences to a pure, simple expression. He works to balance function and beauty in equal parts, leaving only that which we cannot do without.  Julian is a multidisciplinary designer working in his spare time with ceramics, furniture design, cinematography, and performance art.

Harriet Kensell
Harriet Kensell

Harriet, a NSW registered architect, graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Design in Architecture in 2013 and a Master of Architecture in 2017. During her Masters, she studied on exchange at Lund University, Sweden. In 2016, Harriet’s design work was exhibited at the Venice Architecture Biennale.

Prior to joining Stafford Architecture, Harriet worked extensively on a variety of projects varying in scale, complexity and budget from commencement to completion at Connor and Solomon Architects (2014-2020).

With a passion for residential architecture, Harriet is always seeking ways to design spaces that bring moments of joy and delight to people’s everyday lifestyles.

Alexzandra Issa
Alexzandra Issa

Alexzandra joined Stafford Architecture in 2021, after practising with Koichi Takada Architects, where she contributed to the creation of powerfully organic architecture, by working in harmony with nature to contribute to the creation of several high end residential, multi residential and hospitality projects amongst Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs. She attained her Masters in Architecture at the University of Sydney in 2016.

Having her architectural master’s degree as well as a firm, background in interior design, she has the advantage to work simultaneously across both fields, contributing to all aspects of design. As a committed young architect with a passion for high end luxury design, Alexzandra nurtures creative thought and believes intelligent architecture unites technology, sustainability and human senses to ensure a robust and resilient future.