Transformative intelligent design

Furtado Sullivan is an experienced creative studio based in Sydney.
At the core of our practice lives a desire to make a mark on everything we do, and on everyone we work with.




We draw inspiration from the world around us: the diversity of our landscapes; the richness and texture of materials.


The play between light and shadow sets the tone and atmosphere of the spaces we shape. We are constantly exploring, asking how design can be transformative and meaningful to those who experience it. Embracing challenge, and discovering the spirit of place. 



Imaginative by design

With extensive knowledge across different scales and typologies, we choose projects that have the power to change a city or a community. We drive to push boundaries and embrace new ideas whenever we can. We enjoy the challenge of translating a project’s complexity into a design that works with its environment, combining large-scale efficiency and sophistication with bespoke quality design. 


Our unique suite of design services include:

Visioning & Feasibility

Crafting a design brief that respond to our client’s ethos, while testing its suitability in relationship to the site.


Following the Visioning and Feasibility stages, developing a design language and formal response to our client’s design brief.

Strategy & Design

Assisting our clients with strategic advice through the planning process, including stakeholder engagement.

Design Consultancy

Closely guiding our clients through the design process; from concept to completion, until the vision is realised.


Collaborate with the finest 3D artists, VR specialists, and model makers, enabling our clients to immerse themselves in the design.

Research Studies

Combining research and design allows us to foresee trends and be strategic about how to respond to a given brief.



The human connection is what drives our ambition, our passion for delivering a profound and lasting impact for people, one thought, one physical space, at a time.


One Circular Quay Hotel

© Bloomimages. Project with Crone and Kengo Kuma and Associates.

© Bloomimages. Project with Crone and Kengo Kuma and Associates.


Furtado Sullivan is engaged as Design Consultant to guide the hotels architecture and interiors design concept and development alongside Crone and Kengo Kuma and Associates.

Combining local sandstone, cascading green walls and full height glazing with harbour views, the hotel will encapsulate the quintessential Sydney experience.

Our design team was instrumental in this project since its inception in 2015.

© Bloomimages. Project with Crone and Kengo Kuma and Associates.

© Bloomimages. Project with Crone and Kengo Kuma and Associates.

© Bloomimages. Project with Crone and Kengo Kuma and Associates.

© Bloomimages. Project with Crone and Kengo Kuma and Associates.



United by imagination

Our people are naturally curious, sometimes provocative, but always thoughtful in what we do. 

We believe a democratic design process creates the best outcomes. When everyone is involved, we’re getting the best out of the experiences and creativity that others can bring to the table. We embrace a collaborative process, whether it’s with clients, consultants or fellow designers. That’s why we’re always seeking talent and expertise. 

Sandra Furtado   Director

Sandra Furtado

M. Arch, M. BE (Sustainable Development)
Sandra began her architectural journey over 30 years ago, aged eight, when she started designing imaginary projects. With technical support provided by her father, she began testing her first ideas on paper using different model-making techniques and experimenting with various materials. Her inquisitive nature and curiosity is still present today in everything she puts her mind to.

Born and educated in Portugal, Sandra later lived and worked in Italy, The Netherlands, Cape Verde and China before settling in Australia in 2005. Here in Sydney, she has been intrinsically involved in notable large-scale projects including 8 Chifley and the Barangaroo Masterplan and International Towers. She has been Lead Design on the One Circular Quay hotel, in collaboration with Kengo Kuma and Associates, driving the vision and design aspirations on the development.

Her holistic approach to design, respecting context and ecology, challenges how we create buildings both as single entities and how they fit into the greater urban scale.

sandra@furtadosullivan.com →

Peter Sullivan   Director

Peter Sullivan

B.Arch (Hons)
With an architectural career that has traversed all scales, from the intimate to the urban scale, Peter has always held a fascination for how individuals experience and respond to the cities in which they live.

Working with globally acclaimed Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners on the Barangaroo development, Peter lead the podiums, lobbies and public domain teams of the International Towers, taking the project from concept design stage through design development. With Lendlease he took the development to completion. 

Notwithstanding his passion for the urban scale Peter has worked on highly crafted, small-scale residential architecture and interior projects, which has instilled in him a detailed and holistic architectural approach. His skill in crafting facades at a commercial level is evidenced on the Opera Residences Circular Quay in collaboration with Tzannes, and One Circular Quay Hotel with Kengo Kuma and Associates. Peter seeks synergies with multidisciplinary fields and innovative ideas that lead to better design outcomes.

peter@furtadosullivan.com →