Bruce Stafford Architects


BSA Design Team: Bruce Stafford, Vincent Chi, Amandine Cesbron-Logerais, Adele McNab, Erik Smithson
Structural Engineer: Geoff Ninnes, Fong & Partners
Contractor: Critharis Constructions
Interior Designer: Hare & Klein
Landscape Designer: William Dangar & Associates

D House Bellevue Hill

An additions and alterations project on an existing 90’s style home. The original planning was based on large monolithic “boxes”which were intersected by linear glass separation elements. As the building presented itself in a linear fashion to the street and was elevated, the overall streetscape was monolithic and oppressive. Our design philosophy was to articulate the existing forms and clad them in materials which would visually isolate the forms by reducing the scale.

We also introduced a single story element at the entrance and a horizontal narrative at the entry gate. Our design focus revolved around using textures, colour and form to recognize the original 90’s design philosophy in a contemporary interpretation.


Bruce Stafford Architects is an award winning practice based in Sydney, Australia.

Formed in 1980 in South Africa by principal Bruce Stafford, BSA has been responsible for the design and construction of over 200 projects in Australia, Africa and the Caribbean. The firm’s first eco-boutique hotels, Singita Ebony and Singita Boulders, received critical acclaim and numerous awards including Conde Nast Traveler’s “Best Hotel in the in World” and Travel and Leisure magazine’s “Best Hotel in the World”.

In 2001, Bruce relocated the office to Australia due to a number of client commissions for private residences along Sydney’s waterfront. In the past decade, the practice portfolio has grown to include a number of distinctive and prestigious properties in the Eastern Suburbs. BSA’s designs are underpinned by three main sources of inspiration: the “genius loci” or “spirit of place”, the use of natural materials and the desire to create seductive spaces. Equally renowned for their distinctive touch as well as a collaborative approach, BSA’s designs are always reflective of their client’s needs and desires.

Priding itself on a reputation for personal service, every project is approached with enthusiasm, commitment and integrity. Recognising that success is not only measured by captivating images but also by programmatic achievement, every project benefits from extensive planning as well as an acute attention to detail. The BSA team is skilled in all aspects of the development process, from initial design to final construction, including extensive experience working with local authorities and a range of design consultants.

Bruce Stafford Architects is dedicated to creating finely crafted buildings and interiors that are valued by our clients and the wider community.


University Design Award 1975
University Design Thesis award 1976
S.N. Tomkin Design Award 1977
Coverland Housing Design Award 1980
Concrete Design Award for Redesign of Durban Beachfront. 1986
Institute of Architects Design Award: Metlife Building 1993
Institute of Architects Design Award: House Maingard 1995
Institute of architects Design Award : Investec Bank Durban 1998
Institute of Architects design Award : Hluhluwe Visitors Centre 2000
Conde Nast Traveller Magazine: Singita: voted “Best Hotel in the World” (numerous)
Travel and Leisure Magazine: Singita voted “Best Hotel in the World” 2007
MBA Awards: Excellence in Housing Award 2009, N House
MBA Awards: Excellence in Housing Award 2010, K3 House
AILDM Residential Design Award: Best in category 2015, B House
AILDM Residential Design Award: Gold Award 2015, B House
Woollahra Council Design Awards: People’s Choice Award 2015, Z House



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Level 2
24 Bay Street
Double Bay 2028
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