Julie Lipsett is a registered architect with over 25 years experience in the profession


Julie relocated with her family to Byron Shire in the Northern Rivers region of NSW in 2007, after 15 years employed in major architectural firms in Canberra.

Drawing on her years of passionate commitment to the study and practice of architecture, Julie now works in her private practice in the Byron Bay hinterland on residential, small commercial and education projects. A recently developed speciality is in designing small secondary dwellings such as studios, cabins and granny flats. Julie has also worked on a range of mid-sized commercial projects including the Cape Byron Steiner School Multi-Purpose Hall.

As a young graduate architect, Julie worked in London for a year, and in Edinburgh for 6 months, and traveled extensively over the following ten years.  She loves travel to this day.  While overseas, Julie discovered that her favourite creative works, whether art or architecture, are deeply connected to the place from which they have evolved.

This simple discovery and a keen awareness of regional context continue to inform her contemporary design solutions.






Julie Lipsett
B. Arch (University of Canberra) 1990

B. Science - Environmental Design 1987


Royal Australian Institute of Architects - ACT Chapter Best Public Building 2002 - Merici College Gymnasium.  Julie was Design and Project Architect with Woods Bagot ACT Office on this major project.

MBA NSW Excellence in Regional Building Awards- Best Contract House $300-$500,000 - Federal House with North Coast Building & Design


After studying at the University of Canberra,  Julie worked in Canberra in a variety of roles in both private and public sector architecture.  As a project architect at national firms Woods Bagot and Robert Peck von Hartel Trethowan, she worked mainly for institutional and commercial clients.  While practicing at Woods Bagot ACT office she was Project Architect on the Merici College Gymnasium project, for which she won the ACT Best Public Building Award in 2002 from the Royal Australian Institute of Architects.  In the public sector at the National Capital Authority Julie worked on public art projects, and with Australian Construction Services she worked for the government client Overseas Property Group on a number of Australian Embassy projects around the world.

Julie is currently working from her design studio in the beautiful village of Federal, on a number of local and interstate projects.