Established in 2013, Cavill Architects was created to deliver civic-minded projects of the highest quality.
Having practiced together in their formative years, Directors Andrew D’Occhio and Sandy Cavill now lead the studio across an expanding range of briefs including public works, education, heritage revitalization, master planning, accommodation, and single residences.
After developing a strong early reputation within the commercial development community, the company is now considered a leader in this field.
Sandy Cavill | Practice Director
Prior to the establishment of Cavill Architects in 2013, Sandy developed a particular area of expertise in commercial and public architecture while collaborating on an array of notable projects in former practice.
Of this earlier project work, it was Sandy’s experience in market retail design that led to one of Cavill Architects’ earliest commissions, ‘The Stores’.
Completed in 2015, this and other award-winning projects established the office’s reputation for civic-minded architecture and led to a number of increasingly important commissions.
Along with co-director Andrew D’Occhio, Sandy continues to drive the office in its ambition for civic-minded contributions in projects large and small.
Lucy Hinchliff | Studio & Marketing Manager
Having graduated her Bachelors degree in Architectural Studies in 2021, Lucy has formed a strong foundation to work within the design industry. Prior to her position with Cavill Architects, Lucy has gained experience as a marketing administrator for an established lighting design firm providing her with the professional skillset orientated towards management, organisational and administrative facets of architectural practice.
Lucy works closely with the directors to ensure the streamlining of Cavill Architects’ operations, including management of workplace systems, bookkeeping, marketing, communication, and event management.
Her inherent desire to learn, and her collaborative skills are integral in championing our office culture and ensuring the studio runs smoothly while predicting the ongoing needs of the team.
Andrew D’Occhio | Practice Director
Andrew is the co-director of Cavill Architects, sharing leadership and managerial responsibilities with Sandy the practice’s founder. In practice since 2006, Andrew’s delivery experience ranges civic, commercial, institutional, accommodation, cultural, and retail sectors, coordinating services across Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Japan.
Skilled in leading from concept to completion, Andrew’s particular specialty lies in leading large-scale projects where technical and organizational complexity must be carefully interwoven with experience, delight and economy of construction.
Outside of practice Andrew has taught urban design, architecture, and landscape architecture. His involvement in academia is continuous as a regular guest critic to Brisbane’s architectural schools.
Simon Swain | Senior Architect
Like many respected architects, Simon has established his credibility over many years by being a consummate generalist, operating on behalf of clients to be a projects greatest agent and asset.
In all projects he resolves the myriad of problems that need to be addressed to enable the highest design standard and delivery. For him, 21st Architecture needs to not only be memorable but should advance current typologies through problem solving and reform.
Simon works for clients across a variety of building types and has successfully delivered both complicated, small and large scaled commercial and mixed-use projects across the east-coast.
Bridie O’Toole | Project Architect
Growing up around construction sites, Bridie’s enthusiasm for architecture started at a young age. Over the past decade, she has gained a wealth of experience in key project roles across the education, commercial and industrial sectors.
Bridie’s task-oriented mindset coupled with her ability to foster positive and collaborative problem solving, has proven to be instrumental in her management and execution of a broad-spectrum of project types.
Guided by a commitment to spaces that are equitable and accessible, Bridie’s primary aim as a practicing architect is to enhance and enrich experience of place.
Angus McNichol | Senior Architect
Angus brings broad interstate project experience, having lived and worked extensively in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. With a specialty in large and complex projects he applies great attention to interrogating the technical and social issues framing any architectural problem or opportunity.
With a varied technical and strategy skillset, he can consider procurement and construction issues in tandem with conceptual design thinking from very early design phases through to completion.
Angus finds great value in curating an inclusive and collaborative team setting and is unafraid to challenge those in the broader project cohort to achieve a high-quality outcome.
Catherine McBride | Architectural Graduate
Catherine completed her Masters of Architecture in 2017 at the University of Queensland during which she was selected to study abroad at top international institutions including UC Berkeley, TU Delft and the Architectural Association.
She brings dedication and thoughtfulness to all her project work, with industry experience spanning a diverse range of typologies, complexities, and scales across both Australia and New Zealand.
Coupled with a strong proficiency for complex digital design tools, she is well placed to deliver varying forms of architectural projects within the practice.
Reilly Mallon | Architectural Graduate
Prior to his position at Cavill Architects, Reilly excelled in practice on an array of notable commercial, public and education projects.
While Reilly’s experience ensures he is an asset in all project phases and on a variety of types and scales, he is highly familiar and particularly capable across feasibility, concept and schematic design stages of project development.
This proficiency also extends to technical capacities, particularly with regards to computer modelling and visualisation, having had extensive experience in the design and documentation of complex architectural elements.
Ysabel Usabal | Architectural Graduate
Ysabel completed her Masters of Architecture in 2022 at Queensland University of Technology, during which she worked in practice on a range of educational and residential projects across Queensland.
Ysabel’s prior experience has informed a detail-oriented approach and understanding that supports all project phases across a variety of typologies. She looks forward to honing her technical and visualisation proficiencies to support her values as a young designer to improve the social, cultural, and environmental conditions of the built environment.
Sienna Townsend-Sim | Student of Architecture
Sienna is a 3rd year Architecture major at QUT, joining Cavill Architects in April 2021 as the Studio Assistant.
Sienna’s early administrative experience and background in high-end fashion retail has informed her highly transferable skill set involving a methodical, considered approach to her project work as well as a client focused sensibility.
Her passion for Architecture and dedication to her current studies allows Sienna to provide a level of understanding that is highly valuable to the Cavill Architects team.
Grace Pemberton | Graduate of Design
Grace joined the Cavill Architects team in November 2021 after finishing her 3rd year of Architecture and is set to commence her masters early next year.
Her enthusiasm towards learning facilitates both a flexible and creative environment, fostering her growth within all facets of architecture. Grace’s existing experience in residential design, along with a background in sales, has provided her with a broad scope of knowledge & client service which she looks forward to expanding.
Jodi Alexander | Accountant
Jodi’s initial accounting training was in Chartered Accounting learning the ropes of compliance accounting, followed by five years in the commercial field with Shell Retail.
She was awarded a Fellowship by CPA Australia on the 1st of June 2015 for her long-term service to the accounting profession.
Jodi is passionate about setting up efficient and effective accounting systems which will produce timely and industry specific financial and management reports.
Awards & Publications
Australian Institute of Architecture, Brisbane Regional Awards (Commendation) – Residential Architecture – New, Earl Parade
Australian Institute of Architecture, Brisbane Regional Awards (Commendation) – Commercial Architecture, Hyperdome North Mall
Australian Institute of Architecture, Brisbane Regional Awards (Commendation) – Interior Architecture, Hyperdome North Mall
Australian Institute of Architecture, Queensland Architecture Awards (Commendation) – Interior Architecture, Hyperdome North Mall
Prix Versailles Shopping Mall Special Prize Interior award for the South Asia & Pacific, 2021
Excellence in Development (Properties >35,000 sqm) Award for the Hyperdome North Mall Expansion, Property Council of Australia’s Queensland Retail Property of the Year Awards
Australian Institute of Architecture, Queensland Architecture Awards – Small Project Architecture, Doggett Street Showroom
Australian Institute of Architecture, Brisbane Regional Awards (Commendation) – Commercial Architecture, Byres Street
Australian Institute of Architecture, Brisbane Regional Awards (Commendation) – Small Project Architecture, Doggett Street Showroom
The Monocle Book of Homes – Gibbon Street
Houses Magazine Issue 143 (December 2021) – Earl Parade
Artichoke Magazine Issue 70 – Byres Street
The Australian: The List 2020 Magazine – Australia’s Top 20 Architects
Habitus House of the Year – Season 1, Episode 3 1:15-4:55
Australian House & Garden Magazine January Issue – Gibbon Street
Resident Dog, The Book – Gibbon Street
Denizen Modern Living Magazine Summer Issue – Gibbon Street
Elle Indonesia Magazine August Issue – Gibbon Street
National Award for Residential Architecture – Houses (Alterations and Additions), Australian Institute of Architects, National Architecture Awards, Gibbon Street
Beatrice Hutton Award for Commercial Architecture, Australian Institute of Architects, Queensland Architecture Awards, The Stores
Elina Mottram Award for Residential Architecture – Houses (Alterations and Additions), Australian Institute of Architects, Queensland Architecture Awards, Gibbon Street
World Architecture Festival Shortlist, Gibbon Street
Habitus Magazine Issue 41 – Gibbon Street
Monocle Magazine Issue 113 – Gibbon Street
Brisbane News Magazine Issue 1163 – The Stores
Houses Magazine Issue 118 – Gibbon Street
Inside Magazine Issue 98 – Gibbon Street
Brisbane News Issue 1128 – Gibbon Street