ATELIERWORKSHOP STUDIO

ATELIERWORKSHOP STUDIO



Atelierworkshop was founded in 2001 by Cecile Bonnifait and William Giesen based on a duality of thought and language as a working process. Both trained architects, they each have different and diverse architectural experience in various parts of the world that combine professional work and research.
Over 16 years in practice they have developed a portfolio of built work that covers diverse sectors and includes many new buildings and redevelopments of existing buildings.
Their approach is orientated towards reconnecting people with a physical reality, a territory, its history and a cultural context.

BONNIFAIT + GIESEN

BONNIFAIT + GIESEN



“Our architecture seeks to reveal the landscape and the environment through innovation and common sense. Our projects are developed from a concern for forming one body with the site. Without compromising on design, we put priority on finding sustainable solutions.

CECILE BONNIFAIT

CECILE BONNIFAIT



(1971), Architecte DPLG, France.
Cecile studied and worked in Bordeaux, France from 1989 to 1995, and Helsinki, Finland in 1996 before moving to Wellington, New Zealand in 2000. Throughout her studies, Cecile was granted scholarships from French Ministry of Youth and Sport in 1994, from French Ministry of Culture from 95 to 97 and was a laureate of the Foundation Besnard de Quelen in 98 and the Foundation de France in 99 for operational and research on sustainable development projects in China . She also worked for and was mentored by Jacques Hondelatte, French Grand Prix d'Architecture 1998.
In New Zealand, Cecile founded, with William, Atelierworkshop in 2001. She also lectured and tutored at the Victoria University School of Architecture from 2000 to 2004.  
 
Cecile is the Wirihana Emerging Leadership Award Winner 2014, National recognition from A+W-NZ.
She was Jury for both the 2015 Interior Award of AGM Publishing and the NZIA Cadimage Group Students Design Award 2015.

WILLIAM GIESEN

WILLIAM GIESEN



(1972), NZ Registered Architect and Member of the NZIA.
After beginning his architectural studies at Victoria University in Wellington, William travelled to France in 1997 to play rugby and pursue his architectural studies. He lived in rural France playing rugby and learning the French language for 8 months. He then played a season of rugby in Bordeaux where he continued his studies at Bordeaux School of Architecture and Landscape Design, France (98-99) . He worked in Bordeaux on competition projects for large-scale urban developments including the Quays of Bordeaux and associated transport infrastructure before returning to NZ to complete his studies. In 2001 he founded Atelierworkshop with Cecile.

William was jury for the NZIA Wellington Awards 2015.




DANE DOUGAN, executive director, Autism NZ, wellington
SPENCER HOLMES ENGINEERS - wellington, nz
PTL ENGINEERS - christchurch, nz
OTIS INTERNATIONAL QUANTITY SURVEYOR - wellington, nz
RUSSELL KLEYN, photographer - south africa
LIN YIFENG, - architect - china
MICHELLE FISCHER, lighting consultant, wellington, nz
SARAH CUMMINS, colour consultant, wellington, nz


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GEOFFROY LAMARCHE, principal scientist at National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research - new zealand
EDOUARD FRANCOIS, architect - france
PASCAL DAUDON, visual artist - france
RANGI KIPA,  carving & moko artist - new zealand
POPESE LEAANA, talking chief - samoa




OPHELIE FRAYSSE, france
SHANSHAN SHEN, china
LUCA CAIAFFA, brazil
HATTIE HUTCHISON, new zealand
NABIL ALLAF, france





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ARCHITECTURAL ASSISTANTS

BENJAMIN FILLON, france
JIHWAN JEON, south korea
DANAE MOODLEY, canada
JASON TAN, new zealand
JOHN MAUVAN, new zealand
MATTHEW LEE, new zealand
JESUS GARCIA, spain
JAMIE IRVINE, new zealand
SAM MARTIN, new zealand
LUKE ALLEN, new zealand
MATHILDE BEJOT, france
CHRIS HOWARD, new zealand


COMMUNICATION ASSISTANTS

CAMILLE LE RIBAULT, france
DOROTHEE SOURISSEAU, france


MASTER STUDENTS FOR THEIR MASTER THESIS

CARINNYA FEAUNATI , vuw 2014, new zealand
CHARLOTTE MEYER, massey uni 2006, new zealand














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SANDRA WASEF, egypt
LAURA CECILIA VAZQUEZ-TORRES, mexico
XAVIER DUPONT, france
MATHILDE HEUPEL, france
MARIE DELFAU, france
LEA AMANN, france
CAMILLE DE LOS RIOS, france
JOSIE MAINWARING, new zealand
LAURA STEPPER, germany
CARINNYA FEAUNATI, new zealand
ISGARD EIKMEIER, germany
MATHILDE POLMARD, france
JOHANNES FIETZE, germany
TOM GIMBERT, france
ANNLISE MONFORT, belgium