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Sharing a vision for client focused creative outcomes, CPO Architects was established to provide unique and innovative architectural solutions for the built environment.

CPO Architects is a responsive design practice based in Brisbane. Led by directors David and Smiljana, our team of problem solvers, thinkers and creators work on projects all across Australia.

Our work spans diverse sectors and disciplines including multi-residential, commercial, retail, industrial, residential, health, aged care, community, early learning, education and interiors; where we establish rich crossovers between architecture, design and project delivery to create successful and enduring built environments.

Together we strive to deliver responsive design that enhances the experience of the spaces around us. Creating efficient and engaging places in which to live, learn, work, relax, care, create and inspire.

how we work

At CPO, clients come first. We work to understand your needs, exploring the way people use space to deliver engaging and enduring built environments. We continually adapt and learn through innovative ideas, new technologies and client feedback to find solutions that are environmentally sound, operationally efficient and will meet your objectives.

we are
Client-focused problem solvers
Practical and value-driven
Innovative and engaged
A multi-disciplinary team
Skilled and collaborative project managers

we do
Commercial, Retail & Industrial
Health, Aged Care & Community
Early Learning & Education
Interior Architecture


Strong documentation and design management ensures that all parties benefit from clear communication and a quality project output across the design and build process.



From initial design and negotiation to contract administration and regulation, we manage complex architectural projects across all stages to ensure successful delivery.


We explore the client brief, vision, strategy and user needs to define the project goals. Complex regulatory frameworks, budgets, lifespan and sustainability are all considered.


We present our innovative, value-led design solutions and begin the process of managing stakeholder and regulatory consultation, feedback and approvals.

Smiljana O’Brien

Smiljana enjoys the challenge of managing complex architectural projects. With a keen appreciation for detail and over a decade of experience, she has invaluable expertise in the technical analysis of projects. She has been involved in a range of project typologies from initial design stages, through project documentation and construction administration. Smiljana also facilitates all quality assurance processes for the studio.



David Pond

With 20+ years of industry experience David understands all facets of the architectural profession. He has ample experience in a wide range of projects and excellent management and communication skills to interpret and deliver client briefs on time, on budget and above expectation.

Department of Energy & Public Works
Registration no. 876447
Registration of Prequalification (PQC)
PQC Rating: Level 3 Registration No. 4839A

Sci Qual International
Quality Management Systems

ISO 9001:2015