Architecture, urban design and planning practice, Architectus, has made four new appointments as a response to Australia’s construction boom.

According to Architectus managing director Ray Brown, the latest appointments reflect the company’s continued growth and expanding expertise, particularly in the design of education, workplace and rail infrastructure projects.

Architectus’ Melbourne studio has added Brett Simmonds as senior associate and Paul Trinchi as associate, both of whose specialties span across the design of education, rail, workplace and a range of urban design projects.


Simmonds (above), who moved from Woods Bagot, is particularly experienced in workplace design, having led several noteworthy projects including the Plenary office fit out and the NAB Brisbane workplace fit out, says Architectus.

As for Trinchi, he was previously at Cox Architecture and has over 15 years’ experience working mostly in the design of education and rail projects.


Trinchi (above) was also the project associate for the Sky Rail - Level Crossings Removal Program Caulfield to Dandenong (Cox Architecture) and Melbourne Metro RIA (Architectus), as well as being the project lead for Marcellin College Hermitage Development (Cox Architecture) and project associate for 2020 Schools Program (Architectus).

According to Simmonds, "As senior associate, I see vast opportunity to grow the Architectus workplace design portfolio and for increased cross-sector and cross-discipline collaboration in future projects."

"I want to see Architectus drive innovative workplace design solutions by deploying an ‘inside out’ approach to designing spaces and incorporating human-centric considerations that power architectural responses. In addition, I hope to strengthen the already robust culture of the design team across the studios," he says.

Meanwhile up at their Sydney studio, Lynne Hancock has been appointed as a senior associate.

With more than 20 years’ experience delivering urban design frameworks, master plans, precinct structure plans, and design controls and guidelines, she has a special interest in integrated land use, transport and urban design projects, and in embedding ‘people and place’ outcomes in engineering design processes.


Hancock (above) has also been appointed to the NSW State Design Review Panel.

Lisa Thornton (below) has been placed into the newly-created position of group business development and submissions manager to support the team and comes with 15 years’ experience leading business development teams including at The Nous Group and PwC.


“We are delighted to welcome Brett, Paul, Lynne and Lisa to the team. Their varied experience and knowledge will directly benefit our clients and ensure the continued success of Architectus,” says MD Brown.