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About Circa 2000

Our practice prides itself on particular attention to details. We believe that it is details that shows the quality of architecture and design.

Circa 2000 is a Far North Queensland based architectural practice that began operation in Cairns in 1998.

We maintain a permanent staff of professionals, offering a comprehensive consulting service in the field of architecture and project management.

As a second and complimentary arm to the architectural practice we also hold a general builders license allowing Circa 2000 to act as the principal contractor on selected projects. We have established a team of professional building contractors over the last 20 years and pride ourselves in completing projects on time and on budget.

The practice has won several awards for both design and construction projects.

We work throughout Australia completing projects as diverse as hotel refurbishments in Arnhem Land to Island resorts in the Whitsunday’s to a ski lodge in Falls Creek Victoria.

Circa 2000 provides the following services for a wide range of projects including:

  • Identification and purchase of development sites
  • Preparation of feasibility studies
  • Design and documentation of projects including the appointment and coordination of consultants
  • Town planning analysis, applications, and negotiations
  • Finance applications and administration
  • Project tendering
  • Appointment and coordination of subcontractors
  • Preparation and monitoring of budgets and construction programs
  • Contract administration
  • Interior Design
  • Coordination with property management
  • Acting as the local architect for larger projects that has a principal design team based interstate.

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About The Team

Circa 2000 has a core of experienced professionals, working systems and procedures, and has the flexibility to expand its team in accordance with project commitments

Meet The Team

Our team consists of experienced architects, designers, drafts-persons and administration who develop the projects starting with a sketch and following it up to complete implementation of intended designs + construction.


David Quigley

David Quigley

Principal Architect
David is an architect with over 25 years experience working in the Cairns region. He pursues the philosophy of designing and building projects which are energy efficient and environmentally sympathetic without compromise to a unique contemporary style.
David has extensive experience in the whole construction process from design to construction. He is particularly passionate about tropical design and strives to incorporate four fundamental architectural principles which are easily and economically achieved into every project:

  • The promotion of cooling breezes
  • Ventilation by convection
  • Reducing the radiation of heat
  • Sheltering of walls and openings

David has established firm relationships with North Queensland Local Authorities, contractors and suppliers.


  • Bachelor of Architecture with Honours, Deakin University

Memberships / Licenses

  • Board of Architects Queensland Number 3228
  • Royal Australian Institute of Architects Number 12270
  • Building Services Authority General Building License 701446


Deputy Chair of the Board of Directors, Cairns Regional Gallery

Angela Reilly

Angela Reilly

Architect  Associate Director
Angela has been practicing as an Architect in Cairns since 2010 and with Circa 2000 since early 2013.   Her 15 years of experience, gained mostly in Brisbane, has equipped her to lead project teams in design and delivery across a range of building types and procurement methods.

  • Bachelor of Architecture with Honors, University Of Queensland 


  • Board of Architects Queensland Number 4210
  • Royal Institute of Architects Number 53765

Brent Nixon

Brent Nixon

CAD Technician
Brent is a capable drafts-person with a wealth of experience in drafting and Revit. Brent handles the main drafting and designs specs for the practice from creating 2D plans from the brief to the provision of 3D renders

  • Certificate IV in Residential Design


Delwyn Robertson

Office Manager
Delwyn has a background in accounting and commercial business management. She has strong accounting skills and is proficient in MYOB software.Delwyn has worked in Cairns for 8 years after moving from New Zealand.

  • Bachelor of Business (Accounting)
  • Registered BAS Agent



erwin Heimann

Construction Manager
Born in South Australia Erwin has been in the construction industry for 35 years. He is a construction manager with a record of success overseeing all phases of construction for government and private clients. Erwin has a proven history delivering projects on time and on budget.
  • Project management
  • Budgeting and costing projects
  • Subcontractor supervision
  • Construction quality control
  • Site safety and OH and S compliance
  • Order management
  • Building estimating
  • Contract administration

Sarah Carley

Interior Designer
Sarah has been in the Cairns region in the interior design field since 2000. Prior to that she spent several years in the UK working in the property department of a hotel/leisure company, where she gained particular experience working with hotel brands such as Travel Inn, Marriot and Forte Hotels.During her time in Cairns, Sarah has completed projects ranging in scale from residential to large hotel refurbishment projects, working in all areas of the design process from schematic to documentation and project management. She has been working with Circa 2000 since 2003.

  • Bachelor of Arts (Interior Design) with Distinction, University of South Australia