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Dialling In With Melonie Bayl Smith

Episode 2 of our podcast, Dialling In With Habitus, features a conversation with Sydney-based architect and business owner Melonie Bayl Smith of Bijl Architecture.

Melonie Bayl Smith is the founder and director of Bijl Architecture. She is also no stranger to Habitus having had Doorzien House published in issue #39, Blackwood Rest recently live on Habitus Living, and joining us not too long ago for our In Conversation With series.

Before founding Bijl Architecture in 2012, Melonie had spent 10 years in partnership with another architect running a previous practice. That means that for almost all of her professional life she has not only been a practising architect but also a business owner and people manager. It comes as no surprise when she concedes that throughout her degree she always wanted to work for herself.

Melonie mentors, lectures and works tirelessly to improve educational standards. This year she was appointed to the role of Associate Professor at UNSW Faculty of Built Environment (Architecture), having taught in the UTS School of Architecture for twelve years where she was Adjunct Professor.

Today, Melonie has graciously Dialled In With Habitus to give her insights. Having run businesses for nearly two decades she has no doubt had some ups and downs and steps sideways. While it may feel like nothing can compare to what we’re going through today, past experience has certainly strengthened her resilience and adaptability muscles and she is only too happy to share her learnings.

Download and listen to the second episode of Dialling In With Habitus below or on Spotify.

Happy listening!


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