ellivo (People)

Our studio is full of thinkers and doers.
We’re a diverse family of creative people
ready to bring our culture of enthusiasm
to your project.

Scott Whiteoak


Studio Overlord

Scott has focused his extensive architecture career on creating an inclusive and vibrant design team that delivers logical and successful architectural outcomes for his clients in the South East Queensland region.

Scott’s ideal home includes: Privacy & silence for contemplation, contact with the ground, and a range of internal / external spaces to suit the climate, seasons, and your mood.

Mason Cowle


Leading out the studio or the peleton

"Architecture does not exist by itself but is rather the outcome of the qualities of the site, a client’s wants and needs and the policies that shape the city."

Likes: flow, connection with outdoors, cats, riding really big hills, rusted steel.

Tanya Zealey

Associate Director

Design Leader, baker, loves a chat

Everyday to me is about getting the best out of whatever I am doing and putting a smile on other’s faces. In design (my everyday) this means bringing great people together to make the best of whatever we are given while making sure we have fun along the way.

Wine and laughter are the best (Tan) medicine. If you need a favour come with something French or Italian.

Daniel Volpato

Associate Director

Detail fiend, Small town origins

Dan joined Ellivo in 2002 and is a key lead member of the studio. He aims to achieve a comfortable balance between functionality and aesthetics whilst continuously elevating the client's brief to achieve a result which exceeds their initial expectations.

Dan is a serious Salami snob.

Michael Small


Cycling Enthusiast, BIM Guru, Peanut Lover

In the end, I believe that Architecture is about how someone feels when they experience a place, and the positive impact it has on their lives. With a focus on creativity, practicality and attention to detail, I am passionate about delivering timeless architecture that balances a client's vision with the needs of the end users. Working smarter, not harder, I constantly strive to find the most effective ways for any given task.

Mick has ridden a stage of the Tour De France through the Pyrenees (not with the pros!)

Sally Spork

Finance Manager

Team player and animal lover

Sally is Ellivo's Finance Manager and started with the company in May 2005. She enjoys working with the staff and Leadership Team. Sally counter balances all of the creatives in the office with her attention to detail regarding everything financial.

Sally loves to travel, eat Italian food and drink wine while catching up with friends.

Lisa Schiffermuller


Creative Soul, Lover of Sundays

To me, design is so much more than a pretty, well placed finish. It is about being inspired by your surroundings and taking each client on their own journey. From the initial ideas through to seeing the design come to life, the whole experience is an exciting one. My passion and drive for design extends from interiors into graphics. I love a hands on & artist approach when getting creative.

AKA Lenny (which came about due to a bad Lenny Kravitz rendition). Serious coffee addict.

Liane Jarvie

Undergraduate Interior Designer

DIA Award Winner, Lover of natural materials

My personal design approach incorporates both interior design and industrial design strategies, placing high value on human experience and sensory activation. I have a preference for hands on projects and love attention to detail.

Liane is an IVF baby and a twin!

Michelle Hill

Interior Designer

Curious Creative, Conqueror of Mount Everest Base Camp

Michelle places functionality, aesthetics, materials and detailing at the forefront of her design ethos, while striving to exceed client expectations. Working across a broad range of projects, and being constantly in touch with the industry, she brings a depth of product, supplier and construction knowledge to deliver holistic designs solutions.

Being from Maryborough, Michelle's nickname in the studio is "Mary", we often forget her real name.

Matt Martoo


AIA Award Winner, Watch Collector, Dog lover

Matt Martoo is a designer who is motivated by working with seriously creative people. As an associate architect at Ellivo, Matt’s key passion is for provoking more responsive and innovative design solutions to provide more meaningful places for people.

Matt can also play both the piano and saxophone.

Tim Hamilton

Architectural Graduate

Van Owner, Surfing Pro

Tim is a recent Architectural graduate and has been with Ellivo Architects since 2014. He has a passion for well-considered design that displays a high level of detail.

Tim's greatest achievement in life is climbing Kilimanjaro and surfing Pipeline in Hawaii.

Sean Gill


Project Leader, Globetrotter

I believe successful Architecture displays a high consideration of how place is experienced at a human level. By questioning the interactions between people and place, we may gain insight it how design may positively influence the people that use them and the context in which it is placed.

Sean studied genetics and mathematics at Uni before deciding to become an architect.

Nick Kirk

Architectural Graduate

Adelaidian, Marathon Runner

Nick is passionate about the progression of site specific architecture that engages with its end user, whilst augmenting the built and natural environments it sits within. He seeks to create innovative, considered design solutions, while striving to go above and beyond client expectations.

Nick is the current Honey Puff Eating State Champion (QLD).

Michael Croft

Architectural Graduate

Bedroom Guitarist, Professional Social Sportsman, Revit Coordinator

I am interested in urban scale constraints that can inform an individual site to achieve the best design outcome. I will always encourage ecologically and socially sustainable initiatives in projects to create inspiring spaces for occupants.

Besides making it through Architecture school, hiking the Inca trail to Machu Picchu was one of my most amazing life experiences.

Salvador Farrajota


Project Leader, Renaissance man

Enhancing the way people live their lives through thoughtfully designed spaces is a key motivator for Salvador as an Architect. He believes that the ability to see the big picture as well as giving attention to the smallest detail is important in producing good design outcomes.

Salvador likes Artline Fine 0.4 & Artline Medium 0.6.

Vinh Nguyen


Lead Designer, Fitness Coach, Green Thumb, Token Asian

Vinh is a Senior Designer with over 12 years experience in the industry. He has practical experience in a broad range of project typologies including hospitality, retail, student accommodation, residential and multi-residential. Since joining Ellivo in 2008, Vinh has developed an in-depth knowledge in the delivery of projects which balance client goals, end users and market expectations.

Anywhere low key with a beach, reef & cocktails

Kate Smith


Designer by Day, Ninja by Night

Kate brings over a decade of experience to Ellivo, particularly as a project architect for residential and hospitality projects. With design skills complemented by her exposure to bespoke detailing, heritage building refurbishments, and commercial fit-outs, Kate is able to work across both interior and architectural projects.

Kate has ridden an ostrich.

Shehzad Jeevaji

Architectural Undergraduate

UQ SONA Coordinator, Graffiti Artist, Fresh Prince of Mumbai

Shehz believes that Architecture is an art of creating spaces with an atmosphere, where the person experiencing it connects with the architect's imagination and is taken on a journey of their own dreams and feelings – with these reflections getting etched in their memories forever.

In high school, Shehz’s dream was to become the world’s most renowned graffiti artist, rivalling Banksy.

Rebecca Valent


Telephonist Extraordinaire, Dog Lover

Bec is Ellivo's newest member of the team. Bec loves to keep busy, greeting all our clients and assisting staff on a day to day basis. She's not Canadian!

Big lover of classic 80's movies

Nikki Seeto

Architectural Graduate

Cat Lover, Ocean Baby, The Other Token

I like to think about how 'space' is experienced, why certain materials are used, and how to achieve more for less. My vision is to create to create meaningful design - being spatially, socially and environmentally mindful, and reflecting honesty in its structure, function and materiality.

Nikki spent her childhood on the remote island of Daru, Papua New Guinea.

Jen Cowle

Executive Assistant

QA Manager, Spelling Fanatic

Jen has been with Ellivo since 1999. She works closely with the Leadership Team and helps to manage the busy office. Jen loves to do all the things that architects hate doing – QA, arranging meetings, and making sure all the admin side of the business is done properly.

Jen loves cycling, so much so it’s a bit of an obsession, riding most mornings a week.

Megan Tebbutt


Team Player, Ex-euphonium player

I'm interested in creating spaces that people not only love but can use, not just a showpiece but a liveable creation with a balance of functionality and personality.

Before studying Architecture Megan completed a Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology.