Cavill Architects is an award-winning practice committed to making great architecture – built environments that reflect thoughtful design, sensitive to both brief and site. Based in Brisbane, the studio is underpinned by a close-knit team of dedicated professionals.
Established in 2013, Cavill Architects was created to deliver civic-minded projects of the highest quality. Sharing this ambition, and having practiced together during 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.
The practice relies upon a collaborative working environment that prioritises the varied input of the many parties with which we work: our clients, colleagues, collaborators, authorities and craftspeople.
Sandy Cavill | Practice Director
Prior to the establishment of Cavill Architects in 2013, Sandy had 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, graphic design, marketing and studio management and has led to a broad perspective and understanding of the requirements of a successful business.
Having worked in the media industry for the last 10 years, her move and subsequent introduction to the architectural domain is a welcome change. Elly supports both director’s in streamlining Cavill Architects’ operations including bookkeeping, communication, event management and workplace systems.
Her sunny disposition and intuitive nature is an asset to the team, championing the office culture and ensuring the studio remains organised and efficient.
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, retail, and industrial sectors, coordinating services across Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Japan.
Skilled in working from concept to completion, Andrew’s particular specialty lies in leading projects where technical and organisational complexity must be carefully interwoven with delightful experiences 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.
Jessica Yule | Graduate Architect
After completing her Masters in Architecture in 2017, Jess has had continued involvement in architectural projects including projects in the hospitality, education, aged care and commercial sectors.
Since joining Cavill Architects, Jess’ portfolio has included residential and large-scale commercial projects. Jess enjoys being involved in all facets of the architectural field and being able to contribute to architecture that gives back to the public realm.
The next step in her career will see Jess commit herself to becoming a Queensland Registered Architect.
Reilly Mallon | Architectural Student
Prior to his position at Cavill Architects, Reilly had excelled while engaged on an array of notable commercial, public and education projects.
Reilly is highly familiar and capable in the field of feasibility, concept and schematic design work. His proficiency extends also in his technical capacity, having had extensive experience in the design and documentation of complex architectural elements.
Particularly proficient in the field of 3D CAD modelling and visualisation, Reilly’s expertise and experience ensures he is an asset in all phases of project work and on a variety of project types and scales.
Nikki Kouvaras | Architectural Student
Nicola has assisted on a number of residential and commercial projects while completing her Masters of Architecture in 2021.
With a pre-graduate background in administrative experience, Nicola applies both a methodical and considered approach to all architectural project work.
Nicola holds 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 2021 as the office’s Studio Assistant.
Sienna’s passion for architecture and eagerness for experience has underpinned her enthusiasm and commitment in supporting the office’s functions. Sienna is a highly valuable member of the Cavill Architects team.
Sienna’s background in high-end retail has been instrumental in forming the mature and thorough nature of her customer service.
Awards & Publications
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 Australian: The List 2020 Magazine – Australia’s Top 20 Architects
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