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.
Elly Whitehouse | Studio & Marketing Manager
Elly’s diverse career path has included positions in Accounting, Marketing, Graphic Design, and Studio Management, leading to a broad understanding of the requirements of managing a successful business.
Having worked in the Media industry for the last 10 years, Elly’s expansion into architectural practice continues to build her diversity of knowledge gained through first-hand experience.
Elly supports both Directors through streamlining Cavill Architect’s operations, including management of workplace systems, bookkeeping, communication and event management.
Her sunny disposition and intuitive nature are assets in ensuring the studio runs smoothly while predicting the needs of the team and championing our office culture.
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.
Reilly Mallon | Architectural Graduate
Prior to his position at Cavill Architects, Reilly excelled as an architectural student while engaged 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.
Nikki Kouvaras | Architectural Graduate
Nikki is one of Cavill Architects longest serving team members, first joining the practice as a Studio Assistant in 2016.
Growing in parallel to the practice, first as a student and now as a Graduate Architect, Nikki’s early administrative and organizational experience has evolved into a methodical, efficient and considered approach to her project work.
Assisting on a number of significant residential and commercial projects while completing her studies, Nikki has developed a particular interest in providing connection to place and environmental integration throughout her design and project work.
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.
Sienna Townsend-Sim | Studio Assistant
Sienna is a 1st year Architecture major at QUT and joined Cavill Architects in April 2021 as the Studio Assistant.
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.
Sienna’s background in high-end fashion retail has helped inform a highly transferable skill set including a client focused sensibility and an eye for consequential detail.
Awards & Publications
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
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
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