Isabelle Toland

Portrait of Isabelle Toland

Director, Aileen Sage Architects


Isabelle Aileen Toland is a co-director and co-founder of Aileen Sage Architects based in Sydney. Isabelle graduated from the University of Sydney in 2003, after which she worked overseas in Paris for Shigeru Ban Architects, and in Sydney for Neeson Murcutt Architects for several years prior to establishing Aileen Sage in 2013 with co-director Amelia Sage Holliday.

Isabelle and Amelia were creative directors for the 2016 Australian Exhibition at the Venice Architecture Biennale and they have received numerous awards. These include the 2016 Australian Institute of Architects Adrian Ashton Prize for Architectural Culture and Literature, and from the Australian Institute of Architects’ New South Wales chapter, the 2018 Emerging Architects Prize, the 2018 Robert Woodward Award and the 2020 Small Project Award.

Isabelle has taught and critiques regularly at all of the Sydney architecture schools. She was a member of the 2018–2020 State Design Review Panel for the Government Architect NSW, and has participated on numerous awards juries and design review panels. Her experience has ranged from complex residential and urban community projects to remote temporary campsites, and large-scale public art and cultural strategies.