About Us

Kathy Barnsley knows the Southern Highlands well, having practiced in the area since 1991. She and her team are dedicated to providing outstanding one-on-one architectural services for the whole of the Highlands and beyond. Kathy’s professional experience and practice is varied, encompassing new houses, alterations & additions to existing buildings, new residential unit developments and small to medium sized commercial projects.

Above all, Kathy respects her clients’ needs, desires and budget, working together with them to arrive at a solution. She listens to her clients and works closely with them to pass on the benefit of her experience, gained both in Australia and in the USA where she was born and raised. Kathy is an attentive, enthusiastic and approachable professional, well known for her attention to detail and to her clients. She offers a sensitive approach to design, regardless of the size of the project, giving her clients the best hands-on professional service.

Our Services


Schematic Design

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Council Documentation

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Tender Documentation

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Contract Administartion

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Our Team Members

Kathy Barnsley
Kathy Barnsley
Kathy has been a practising architect in the Southern Highlands since 1991. She started her own architectural consultancy in 1998 in Bowral and has since purchased the business premises in Moss Vale where the business has been located since 2003.

  • 1989: Bachelor of Architecture, Syracuse University, New York, USA.
  • Chartered and registered architect in Australia since 1995.
  • Member of the Australian Institute of Architects since 1995.
  • Chair of the Southern Highlands Business Women’s Network since 2005.
  • Founding board member of the Southern Highlands Chamber of Commerce & Industry from 2013 to 2014.
  • Executive committee member of the Moss Vale Chamber of Commerce from 2004 to 2014.
  • Member of the Moss Vale Master Plan Committee until disbanding.
  • Experience in architectural consulting firms in the USA and Southern Highlands, Australia.
Lisa Harvey
Lisa Harvey
Lisa worked for three different architectural design companies as a CAD operator/draftsperson from 1999 before joining the KBA team in 2010.
  • 2001: Certificate IV in Graphic Design Foundation.
  • 2000: Certificate in Photoshop 6+.
  • 1998: Diploma in Architectural Technology.
Jennifer McIllhatton
Jennifer McIllhatton
After growing up and obtaining her fine arts degree in the USA, Jennifer travelled to Australia, met her husband and settled in Australia to raise her family. She started her own drafting business in 2005 in Young, working on residential projects with a local builder, a local interior designer and on her own commissions. She joined the KBA team in 2012 when she and her family relocated to Bowral.
  • 1992: Bachelor of Fine Arts, Parsons School of Design & The New School, New York, USA

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