Chalmers Gibbs is the leading Architectural Practice in the Cayman Islands that strives to achieve design excellence in successful and enduring projects. The practice was first established on Island in 1959, maintaining fully staffed offices since 1966. We are 100% Caymanian owned company that focuses its entire practice in the Cayman Islands, meaning reinvestment in our local community. We currently have a staff of 10 providing architectural, interior architecture and planning services.
Chalmers Gibbs has been the lead architect on many prominent buildings in the Cayman Islands over the years including Owen Roberts Airport, Cricket Square, Ugland House, Butterfield Bank, Royal Bank, HSA hospitals and many other commercial, institutional and industrial projects. Our portfolio covers a wide range of sectors such as commercial office buildings, financial services, healthcare, aged care, tertiary education, residential, hospitality and industrial projects. Our team members have international experience and training in varied fields, bringing this expertise to our projects and as well to providing mentorship to new generations of Caymanian architects, interior designers and technologists.
William Steward, M. E. Des. (Arch), MRAIC
Wil studied architecture in Canada, gaining a Master’s degree in Environmental Design from the University of Calgary in 1981. Working in various architectural practices both in Calgary and Vancouver, he formed his own practice in Vancouver in 1987 as a registered architect in the province of British Columbia.
Relocating to Grand Cayman in 1992, he joined Chalmers Gibbs as a senior architect becoming Managing Director in 2004.
Wil’s professional experience covers the spectrum of architectural projects, including commercial, hotel and resort, health care, retail and luxury residential. He is currently a member of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and CASE (Cayman Association of Surveyors, Architects and Engineers).
With a lifelong passion for music, Wil is a respected jazz pianist and dabbles in a love of steel guitars as well as folk instruments. He regularly performs with his group Cool School at various music events in Grand Cayman as well as abroad.
Daniel O’Regan, Dip. Arch. Tech.
Daniel joined Chalmers Gibbs in 2001 coming from a background of working on commercial, industrial, institutional and residential projects in large architectural practices in Ireland and Australia.
In his 18 years in Cayman he has been responsible for drawing production and design coordination for many large & complex commercial, institutional and residential buildings. A key component of his role is coordination between the various consultants on a project to ensure client needs are incorporated in the design.
He has strong on-island contract administration experience, a pragmatic approach to the design process and has 18 years’ experience navigating projects through the often demanding permitting process in Cayman
Lara Adams, BA Int. Arch. (Hons)
Lara studied Interior Architecture in Australia, gaining an honors degree from Curtin University of Technology.
Making the move from Western Australia to Grand Cayman to join Chalmers Gibbs in 2015, Lara leads the interior Architecture division with experience in a broad range of design from luxury private residential to corporate workplace, hospitality, education, healthcare and hotel refurbishment projects.
Lara’s primary design focus is complemented by considerable practical onsite project management experience. As a designer Lara brings creative solutions to strategic thinking, always with the clients goals in focus.
Luiza Dawson, BA (Hons) Arch, PgDip, RIBA
Architect | Senior Project Manager
Luiza has 19 years of experience on commercial, industrial, institutional and residential projects in Brazil and the United Kingdom.
Outi Ojala, M. Sc. Arch.
Outi holds a Master’s degree in Architecture from the Royal Technical University in Stockholm, Sweden. Originally from Finland, Outi has experience in the field of architecture from Finland, Sweden and since 2016, the Cayman Islands.
She is a design architect with experience in a range of design from private residential, corporate commercial and health care facilities. Outi’s primary areas of focus are design, graphic design and 3D modelling with specific research experience in design for aging.
Sean Douglas, Dip. Arch. Tech.
Sean originally joined Chalmers Gibbs as a student intern in 2007. He completed an advanced diploma in Architectural Technology in Ontario Canada. A Caymanian born and raised, he returned to home with his credentials to gain in-depth inter-disciplinary experience in projects at various scales in Cayman. He rejoined the CG team in 2017. Sean is highly knowledgeable in 3d modelling and construction management technology which when combined with his broad experience proves to make him a discernable asset to every project he works on.
Cherie Sebastian, Dip. Arch. Tech, LEED AP
Senior Architectural Technologist
Cherie is an experienced architectural technologist originally from Canada. She holds a LEED® certification in environmental design and is highly knowledgeable in advanced 3d modelling.
Kelsey Vitullo, MArch | MLA
Architect | Landscape Architect
With dual master degrees in architecture and landscape architecture, Kelsey’s passion for the interface of these two fields, coupled with an understanding of cultural and environmental sensitivities, affords her a complex, yet elegantly refined, ability to create place. Continual inspiration is drawn from her artwork, where she expresses and explores the ephemerality of landscapes. Her love for plants has resulted in the successful propagation of a once-believed-to-be-extinct plant, Salvia caymanensis (Cayman Sage), while volunteering at the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park. Throughout 13 years in the design field, her work has centered on a holistic and sustainable approach to the built environment. This has included a masterplan and design of a Wetland Park and Pavilion, the detailing of Rutgers University’s Nursing and Science Building, and the realization of a private residential project in Virginia.
Michael Daley, BFA, MA Arch.
Mike recently returned to Cayman after completion of advanced studies in architecture at Savannah College of Art and Design and University of West England (Bristol) where he completed his Master of Arts (Architecture) degree. Mike’s interest and considerable skill in hand drawing provides our office with inspiration as it is a quickly disappearing art. Mike’s focus has been areas of residential architecture as well as adaptive reuse of buildings.