We design beautiful & sustainable spaces.


At Project Habitation, we work closely with you to understand your needs and design spaces that enhance your life. We manipulate form, space and texture, light and shade, openness and enclosure to create beautiful environments inside and out. Spaces that function well, that define you and how you like to live and work.  Whether it’s a sunlit breakfast in the courtyard, a cool breeze in summer or sharing a drink on the deck watching the setting sun, we help you bring these moments to life. To achieve all this, our designs are tailored to your needs, your taste, your site and your budget.

We seek to celebrate the best aspects of the local climate and connect intimately with the outdoors. Cool in summer, cosy in winter and delightful day and night, rain and shine. Sustainable designs by Project Habitation can save you money and energy, water and resources. Our designs can help you get the most out of every square meter with efficient planning and adaptable spaces. We favour constructions systems and materials that are affordable, effective and familiar to local builders.


Our award-winning Sustainable Small House building design package is now available for instant download.

We design spaces to inhabit.


Whether you are looking to build your new family home, revitalise an existing building or maximise your returns from an investment property we can design it, small or large scale, domestic or commercial. Read more about our services below, or get in touch to talk about your project.

Homes (Houses & Apartments)

Multi-Residential Development

Granny Flats and Secondary Dwellings

Master Planning

Shop Top Housing


Air B&B and Hotel Fitouts

Office Fitouts

Renovations and Refurbishments

Design Audits and Sustainability Consulting

Landscapes and Gardens


Residential Design


We create spaces that celebrate lifestyle and climate. A well designed home can foster the lifestyle you and your family may only have dreamed of and build a significant investment for the future. We can guide you through the design and approval process with confidence and make it one of the most rewarding undertakings of your life.

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Landscape & Garden Design


We take a holistic approach to building and landscape design by closely integrating indoor and outdoor spaces. A well-designed landscape can be the most beautiful (and cheapest) space in your home. We can help you make the most of your unique space and bring it to life.


Master Planning


A Masterplan is an evolving long term planning document which establishes the framework, key elements of a site and possible staging. It synthesizes your aspirations for the entire project and gives them form and organisation and defines a realistic plan for implementation. Project Habitation can design you a Masterplan for any scale development from suburban property to Multi-Residential Housing, and also Eco Villages.


Design Audits and Critiques


Got an existing design either done by you or someone else that you're uncertain about? Are you about to buy a home off the plan, or perhaps an existing house you would like to renovate? We can critique the existing house or proposed plans and offer advice on cost reductions, passive climate control opportunities, how to minimise energy costs, planning efficiencies and general improvements to the design. Get in touch and tell us about your needs.


Commercial Ventures


Designs by Project Habitation combine your budget, needs, and business identity into an impressive and affordable design solution. We don’t just create space, we engineer experiences that will keep your customers and guests wanting more and your employees loving their work environment. Whether it’s refurbishing a tired and worn hotel to attract new guests or designing an inspiring work environment to increase productivity we can help your business. Get in touch to see how we can increase returns on your investment.

If you're looking to do a larger development with multiple dwellings we can propose a design with a sustainable edge that suits local vernacular and gives you good return on investment. Regardless of the scale of project we can provide design solutions for a free standing house or a single apartment, to a block of apartments, to larger multi-housing developments.


Sustainable Small Homes


A secondary dwelling can provide excellent passive income or extra space for shifting family needs. We can design an original sustainable small house completely tailored to your site conditions.

Alternatively we the drawing package of our award-winning granny flat available for immediate download. Head to the ‘shop’ part of our website.

We work with you through a simple and effective design process.


Communication is key, so we prefer to meet with you in person and on site to begin. Together we can discuss your dreams and aspirations for the project. We will also consider the unique opportunities and challenges of your site. This is the perfect opportunity to ask us any questions you have about the design process and voice any concerns you may have.

Once we understand what you want to achieve and the scope of your project, we then send you a fee proposal for our services. If you wish to go ahead with our service, we then begin Concept Design. This first meeting incurs a small fee of $185 which is waived if you engage us. 


Yes we charge a fee for the initial consultation which is then waived if you engage our services. This fee is tiny by comparison to the overall costs of a project, in fact it is a fraction of the cost of a front door. We spend several hours doing research and preparation before and after these initial meetings in order to give you a tailored fee proposal that is unique to your project, site and circumstances. Like most of the better quality design practices, we put a value on our time as it helps us to be dedicated to the clients that are serious about having a successful project, led by professional designers at very reasonable industry rates.


We're looking forward to meeting you.


We're a small team, and we love what we do. The joy in our work comes from designing homes for people that exceed what they thought was possible and unlocks a new chapter of their life. Our client relationships are founded on empathy and communication. By understanding how you like to live and work, we can help bring your dreams to life. 


Alyssa Clift


Alyssa founded Project Habitation on her diverse experience of Architectural and Interior design projects. She has worked on large scale commercial projects including several hotels of up to 500 rooms in Port Hedland, WA; a 24ha Eco Resort; a Green Star University Building; and the recent extension of the Gold Coast Turf Club to name a few. Recognising there was a gap in the market for aesthetically beautiful and sustainable residential design, Alyssa launched Project Habitation. Her residential portfolio specialises in subtropical design, passive climate control, off grid and sustainable solutions with low and even zero maintenance. All projects led by Alyssa also consider the outdoor environment and go as far as specifying native and local species to encourage a thriving site ecology. Her natural design ability and extensive experience ensure a smooth process and elegant results.


Ray Maher


Ray is a co-founder of Project Habitation. He is also a researcher in sustainability strategies and lectures in sustainable design at the University of Queensland's School of Architecture. He strives to develop harmonious solutions to the multi-faceted challenges of sustainability in his practice, research and as a member of Global Change Institute's College of Experts. Ray is in the process of creating a communication platform for sustainability that empowers sustainability ambassadors by combining new knowledge with digital technology through design.


Ana De Oliveira

B. Des (Arch & Planning)
Dip.Des (Building Des & Technology)

Ana is a qualified Brazilian Architect and has also studied Building Design and Technology at Tafe-Qld. She has worked in many commercial and residential projects in Australia and has a passion for sustainable architecture, landscape and interior design.
She brings a vast experience in interior design from overseas, adding unique features and smart solutions for the projects. In 2002, she was part of a town planning research at CNPq (Brazil’s Federal Research Centre. This work was developed in association with Brazilian Bar Association’s Research Office – Legal aspects in Town planning.




Project Habitation has a strong relationship with a selection of consultants who's expertise we like to use regularly across projects. These include structural engineers, town planners, surveyors, builders, and branding and Identity experts.