Founded by Amelia Holliday and Isabelle Toland in 2013, this Sydney studio is one of Australia’s leading emerging architectural practices, recognised for their innovative approach to design. Working across different scales and typologies, the practice has developed a particular reputation for creative material strategies and unexpected collaborations.
Amelia is a graduate of the Architectural Association in London (2012) and the University of New South Wales (2004). Prior to co-founding Aileen Sage Architects she worked at a number of award winning architectural practices in Sydney including Tonkin Zuilakha Greer, Architect Marshall and Neeson Murcutt Architects. Whilst at Neeson Murcutt Architects she was project architect on the Whale Beach House (AIA Wilkinson Award 2009), Stanmore Public School Library (AIA NSW Architecture Award 2011) and the Juanita Nielsen Centre upgrade.Amelia is a registered architect in NSW and actively involved in the architectural community and is regularly engaged in teaching and critique at all three schools of architecture in Sydney. Amelia is a recipient of the UNSW University Medal, the NSW Board of Architects Medallion, and the Dulux Study Tour for emerging architects.
Isabelle graduated from the University of Sydney with Class 1 Honours (2003). Upon completing her studies Isabelle worked for award winning practices both in Sydney and overseas, including world renowned Japanese architect Shigeru Ban in his Paris office. Upon returning to Australia, she spent seven years with Neeson Murcutt Architects, acting as project coordinator on the Castlecrag House (AIA Robin Boyd Award 2011) and Prince Alfred Park upgrade (AIA Walter Burley Griffin Award, AIA NSW Lloyd Rees Award). Isabelle has worked on a highly diverse range of projects from the inner city to the remote outback, and often crosses disciplines to create installations and art interventions with husband, artist Jasper Knight. She has taught architecture at both Sydney University, UNSW and UTS and design at the National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA). Isabelle is a recipient of the Sydney University Medal, the RAIA Design Medal Commendation and the Byera Hadley Student Travelling Scholarship.
Michelle grew up in Paris and has degrees in political science and urban planning from University College London and Columbia University in New York City respectively. Michelle has become a specialist in the field of project visioning and briefing for significant urban projects. She is an active contributor to media on architecture and cities. She directs her own boutique consultancy in Sydney and, from her background in urban planning, Michelle brings strategic view to architectural debate, always focusing on the collective stories that define cities.