Working together as a team through all stages of design and construction can be an inspirational journey.

Atelier Haefeli Pty. Ltd. is a small architectural practice in Avalon on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. Maintaining this scale of practice ensures that our Clients always receive the attention of the Principals.

Projects range from one off houses and alterations to multi residential and mixed use developments mostly in environmentally sensitive areas.

The partners, Linda Haefeli from Sydney and Rolf Haefeli from Switzerland have both worked in Europe before returning to Sydney and establishing their own practice in 1990. Experiences overseas with architects such as Frei Otto and Ricardo Bofill (Barcelona) helped form our architectural perspectives and a more open approach to design; encouraging Innovation and integration rather than following fashionable trends.

Few buildings survive the test of time. Durability of materials and adaptability to changing user requirements form an essential part of environmentally conscious design.

Sustainability ideas have always been a core part of our design philosophy. Correctly locating and detailing to promote ESD principles shape the architecture.

The Houses of Atelier Haefeli respond to the challenge with innovative design solutions.

We take pride in providing a complete service and enjoy working in a team, with the Client, Builder, engineer, making sure attention to detail is maintained during design and construction.


Atelier Haefeli Architects has a broad range of experience and is interested in all types of architectural projects, including one-off houses, alteration and additions, multi-residential and mixed use developments.

We provide a full Architectural Service for the duration of the project. Here is a brief explanation of the progressive stages:

  • Initial sketch design
  • Design development
  • submitting the Development Application
  • Preparing Contract Documentation
  • Tendering and Negotiating
  • Contract Administration

These Services are fully explained in our Client / Architect Agreement, which must be signed upon engaging the services of Atelier Haefeli.

Our fees are calculated as a percentage of the estimate cost of works, as agreed by the Client and then adjusted according to the actual Contract Price. We will submit a fee proposal on an individual basis.


Design and fit out for kitchen, bathrooms, dressing rooms and in-built furniture, finishes and colours as well as lighting design all form part of the overall design concept and architectural service.


The Houses of Atelier Haefeli are committed to Ecologically Sustainable Design (ESD) principles resulting in responsive and sustainable buildings. We help navigate Clients through the multitude of design principles and products available today, tailoring solutions to brief and budget.
These include:

  • passive solar design
  • energy efficiencies
  • water efficiencies
  • sustainable materials
  • native landscaping and food gardens