Our philosophy is to

Touch the Earth Lightly, and the Soul Deeply.


Sanctuary Design Studio is a Bangalow based Design Studio, founded by Fiona Gibson.  Sanctuary Design Studio specialises in simple, elegant, functional and sustainable new homes, renovations and extensions.

Fiona graduated from the Queensland University of Technology in 2001 and 2005 with a Bachelor of the Built Environment (Architectural Studies Major) and a Bachelor of Architecture.  Since moving to Byron Bay in 2007 she has worked for and learnt from some of the leading local Architecture Practices including Troppo Architects, Beach Architects, Harley Graham Architects and Dominic Finlay Jones Architects.  Projects have ranged from High-end Residential, Multi-Residential, Commercial, Conference Facilities, and many house renovations and additions, and this is where Fiona’s passion lies.


“I love resolving the functional and spatial issues that my clients often have due to a growing family or that they’ve inherited from a house purchase, and bringing their ideas to life in a beautiful and sustainable way.  I love merging together quality space with creative detailing to provide a bespoke design to each client.”  


When she’s not hard at work, Fiona can be found hanging out with her husband and three gorgeous daughters on their property in the Byron Hinterland.



"From the start of our project through to the end, I always felt like Fiona understood exactly what we wanted -- both in terms of aesthetics and function. Her drawings and ideas were so spot on throughout the process and everything ticked along like we hoped. We're so happy with the end result, and especially grateful to Fiona for her vision and advice."

- Courtney Adamo, Bangalow -

"Fiona is a wonderfully talented and creative architect and designer. Her communication is excellent and she is so easy to work with. I love her ideas and she made the whole process smooth and enjoyable. Highly recommended!"

- Julie Streckfuss, Bangalow -

"Working with Fiona was such a pleasure from start to finish.  She was very professional throughout the whole process and provided a calming presence throughout what I know can often be a stressful experience. 

I had specific Japanese and sustainable design elements that I wanted to incorporate throughout the house and Fiona was amazingly easy to accommodate all of these requirements while providing extra advice on many other aspects.  Fiona guided us through the complexities of the various requirements for our BAL 29 rated house and we also had several easements and deep Asset Protection Zones on our block which dictated the overall footprint of our house.  We were given various options throughout the process to ensure that we ended up with all the design elements that we wanted to create our perfect home.

Fiona liaised with the builder throughout the building process and there were many occasions where I could step away and allow our builder to have his queries answered without my involvement. 

Everything about the process of building our new home from the draft design to the final occupation certificate was so enjoyable and stress free.  We could not be happier with the home that we have created and would highly recommend Fiona Gibson and Sanctuary Design for anyone looking to create their dream home."

- Angie Wilton, Mullumbimby -