We provide interdisciplinary expertise across urban design, planning and architecture, to offer urban solutions with creativity and foresight.

About us

LFA is an award-winning boutique practice that has successfully completed urban design, planning, architecture and landscape projects throughout Australia since 1977.

We harness the expertise of our interdisciplinary staff to offer trusted urban solutions that pave the way for progressive and sustainable city making.

We are purposefully driven by our clients’ needs and our commitment to design excellence, respect for the environment, collaborative engagement and innovation.

Founding Director

Alf Lester

Founding Director

Alf formed LFA in 1977 and has been responsible for the direction, co-ordination and execution of LFA’s major urban design, planning, architectural and landscape projects.

Alf has particular expertise in sustainable, water-based residential master planning and was responsible for the award winning Twin Waters, Shell Cove, Waterways and Waterside projects.

A fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects, member of the Planning Institute of Australia, and member of numerous design and planning review panels across metropolitan Sydney, Alf provides trusted expertise across all facets of our work.


Steve Anders


Steve is responsible for design quality and innovation in urban design, master planning and architectural projects.
With over 30 years’ experience, Steve has particular expertise in large scale greenfield master planning and urban renewal projects. Adept at working from the strategic level through to detailed design, Steve creatively leads project teams to ensure design integrity.
Steve is an associate of the Australian Institute of Architects.


Carla Mamaril


Carla joined LFA in 2010 and has played a key role in urban design and planning projects from inception to completion.
Carla demonstrates particular strengths in greenfield precinct master planning, urban renewal and urban design guidelines, as well as spatial analysis, mapping and cartography . She works at the senior level as well as the production of final deliverables. Carla also leads LFA’s visual communications, marketing and brand identity.


Jason Duda


Jason has extensive experience in master planning, urban design, strategic and statutory planning. His strong technical knowledge of legislation, codes and policy, combined with documentation experience, provides project direction and ensures value propositions for clients.

Prior to joining LFA, Jason coordinated the mapping, data analysis and graphic production for the Greater Sydney Region Plan and District Plans.

Jason has provided planning evidence for court matters. He has also coordinated consultant teams to prepare planning and design packages for commercial, educational, institutional, residential and retail development of various scales.

LFA's interdisciplinary team brings unique expertise into every urban project to collaboratively envision, establish and realise progressive and sustainable communities.

Attentive and trusted.

We transform professional trust into a long-term commitment to co-create progressive and sustainable communities. We have a personal stake in every client’s success and a reputation that goes beyond the life of each project.

Creative and authentic.

We lead collaborative explorations of urban solutions with creativity and foresight. Pragmatic and transparent, we instil unwavering confidence in progressing ideas to reality.

Accomplished and agile.

Resourcefulness, precision and sound expertise are standard with our highly-accomplished, interdisciplinary team. Passion, initiative and foresight keep us ahead of the curve, while remaining responsive and grounded in our urban solutions.

Suite 4

2 New Mclean St

Edgecliff, NSW 2027


02 9327 6822