Sam is a registered architect and member of the Australian Institute of Architects with extensive education and experience . 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 over 20 years of experience in the architectural industry. Prior to his studies of architecture Sam studied drafting and before that he studied and worked as an engineer -so you know you are getting a wealth of knowledge that very few of his competitors in Australia can match.
In 2004 Sam and his family relocated to the North Coast of New South Wales and established Zaher Architects in the inspiring hinterland of Byron Bay, giving Sam an opportunity to be of service to the people of the region.
Sam and his clients often pair timeless beautiful bold design with the latest advancements in environmental innovation. The result is a living experience that is luxurious and that won’t cost the earth.
Mercedes studied Bachelor Degree and Masters Architecture at R.M.I.T, one the world’s top design-oriented architecture schools. Over the last 10 years Mercedes has worked for some of Australia’s most regarded architecture firms, as well as exhibiting at international architecture exhibitions, teaching at Monash University and sitting on the Victorian Chapter Council at the Australian Institute of Architects, before swapping her city life for a more balanced lifestyle in the Byron Shire. She brings fresh eyes, new perspectives and a level of technical skills beyond architecture that is enhancing the Zaher offering.
Emily Thompson is a qualified Interior Designer and enthusiastic allrounder who’s been working in a variety of Design, Property Development, Construction and Real Estate industries for over 17 years in Australia, NZ and London. Prior to living in Byron Bay Emily spent time as an ‘Estimator’ for domestic construction, where she was responsible for presenting design concepts, budgets and obtaining multiple quotes from the industry trades and suppliers – being a stickler for detail, she enjoyed the challenge of meeting sales and budgeting targets.
We believe in beautiful spaces, where light, the landscape and the environment enhances people’s lives and adds value to their investment.
Our ecological concerns extend beyond energy use, we aim to provide architecture that last and adapts well to the harsh Australian climate.