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 15 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
“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.
(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.
(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.
FRANCOIS MARTEL, environmental consultant - canada/samoa
POPESE LEAANA, talking chief - samoa
RUSSELL KLEYN, photographer - south africa
GEOFFROY LAMARCHE, principal scientist at National Institute
of Water and Atmospheric Research - new zealand
PHILIPPE CAMPAYS, researcher at Victoria University
School of Architecture and Design - new zealand
EDOUARD FRANCOIS, architect - france
LIN YIFENG, - architect - china
JOSEPH STUART, business advisor - new zealand
ROB GARRETT, curator - new zealand
CLEMENS ARNOLD, web design - austria
ANDREW LEACH, architectural historian and critic - new zeland/belgium
PASCAL DAUDON, visual artist - france
RANGI KIPA, carving & moko artist - new zealand
DEAN MOSS, landscape designer - new zealand
SALOLE BROTHERS, video and animation - new zealand
ELSA THUAL, coordinator cultural projects - france
JEAN-LUC BARREAU, architect, france
JIHWAN JEON, south korea
MATHILDE HEUPEL, france
MARIE DELFAU, france
LEA AMANN, france
HATTIE HUTCHISON, new zealand
DANAE MOODLEY, canada
CAMILLE DE LOS RIOS, france
JOSIE MAINWARING, new zealand
LAURA STEPPER, germany
CARINNYA FEAUNATI, new zealand
ISGARD EIKMEIER, germany
JASON TAN, new zealand
JOHN MAUVAN, new zealand
MATHILDE POLMARD, france
MATTHEW LEE, new zealand
JESUS GARCIA, spain
JOHANNES FIETZE, germany
CAMILLE LE RIBAULT, france
JAMIE IRVINE, new zealand
SAM MARTIN, new zealand
TOM GIMBERT, france
LUKE ALLEN, new zealand
ANNLISE MONFORT, belgium
DOROTHEE SOURISSEAU, france
MATHILDE BEJOT, france
CHRIS HOWARD, new zealand