Zaher Architects

Zaher Architects has been creating award winning residential homes in Byron Bay for over 10 years. Our local knowledge and connected relationships with council, consultants, and builders alike, ensures a smooth process of approval and construction. We are proud to work with some of the finest builders and trades the area has to offer, guaranteeing premium client outcomes.

Principle Architect – Sam Zaher


A registered architect and member of the Australian Institute of Architects, Sam has worked on numerous public, urban and residential projects, including the award-winning Olympic Village in Homebush Bay and the Walsh Bay Precinct, Sydney.

Graduating from UTS Sydney with a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture (Hons), Sam has 20 years experience in the architectural industry.  In 2004 Sam and his family relocated to the North Coast of New South Wales and has established his own architecture practice in the inspiring hinterland of Byron Bay.

Our Philosophy

Great architecture was always been about bold clients as much as the architect’s skills. We believe that successful buildings, are designed to ENRICH people’s lives and the quality of their environment.

We view each project as a UNIQUE CREATIVE challenge. Each project, is INDIVIDUALLY CREATED to respond to client brief, site context and budget, we produce solutions that are well connected to their context and the end user’s function.

We believe in BEAUTIFUL SPACES, where light, the landscape, and the environment, enhance people’s lives and add value to their investment.
We are committed to ensuring clients are aware of options available with due regard to aesthetics, cost, the environment, maintenance and durability. Our ECOLOGICAL CONCERNS extend beyond energy use. ,We aim to provide architecture that lasts and adapts well to the sometimes challenging Australian climate.

To each project, we bring an interest in the PERSONAL AND COLLECTIVE HISTORIES of our clients, to enrich our ideas and the ensuing personalised architectural result.


It is my pleasure to write on behalf of Sam Zaher Architect a reference of ability. We have worked with Sam on building projects over the past 6 years and the last 2 years as Zaher Architects. Sam’s plans and documentation is of the highest standard giving clients a quality product. Sam communicates his ideas clearly with clients and builder which gives for a great working relationship. As a builder we find Sam is approachable in any ideas that we may put forward are discussed, if it is for the better of the project and what the client is trying to achieve he is happy to take this on board in part or in full. Sam’s attitude enables any issue that may arise on site to be easily dealt with this allows a speedy outcome to the client and builder. During my association with Sam I have always found he conducts himself in a professional manner and I have no hesitation in giving him this reference and wish Sam all the best in the future.

Greg Clark, Greg Clark Building Pty Ltd Lic 42869

We have recently been involved in building an extensive addition and renovation to an existing house in Ewingsdale following a Sam Zaher design. The project was complex involving two storeys of careful demolition and staged rebuilding while the owner remained in occupation. The process was made easier by Sam’s extensive specification details, clear organisation and open lines of communication with all parties. Sam was the project Architect and designer and his easy professional manner allowed us to bring his good innovative design ideas to life with a minimum of fuss.

Rod and Chris Sironen, Rod Sironen Constructions Lic 211271C

We engaged Sam to design a renovation of a 20 year-old cavity brick beach house. Sam listened to what we wanted to achieve with our renovation, and then developed a solution which interprets our needs extremely well. We found Sam very easy to deal with. He is punctual, professional, and was always co-operative and friendly. He was very aware and understanding of budget constraints, making thoughtful recommendations on choices of materials and design features. He was readily available for questions about resources and materials and kept us well informed throughout the design process. He was responsive to our queries and changing concepts, showing patience in letting the process take its course. Sam’s advice seemed highly ethical on a number of issues, and has ensured we were forewarned about possible problems in the renovation process. His plans were complete and in compliance, ensuring timely approvals and issuing of building permits. We appreciate the professional and personable manner Sam demonstrated in performing the work on our renovation design, and are happy to recommend his service.

Veronica and John Crowthe

Professional, prompt and clear in his communications. His design ideas have been creative and original.
I have no hesitation recommending Sam to all future clients.

Sonja Dixon

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