POD provides expert, professional services in design, architecture, project management, community engagement and research.

Core Values

The core values of POD are:

  • Seeing differently and Working differently
  • Collaboration and Valuing Relationships
  • Simultaneous holistic and detail thinking through all stages of a project
  • Sustainable choices every day
  • Innovation through enquiry and research


  • Residential
  • Education and Emergency Architecture
  • Arts and Aviation
  • Community and Commercial
  • Health and Hospitality


POD was established in North Queensland in February 2009. Since then it has grown from a sole trading practice to a thriving Cairns architecture business. The partners of POD are Shaneen Fantin and Belinda Allwood. Both are registered architects in Queensland and descendants of local families. Shaneen and Belinda have a great appreciation and passion for the landscape, climate and people of northern Australia. Prior to creating POD, Shaneen and Belinda each worked for more than 15 years as associates, senior architects, and project managers for a variety of local, national and international firms including Arup, Peddle Thorp Architects, Opus and Troppo Architects.

Our Team

What People Say


I would absolutely recommend POD architects. It can be very intimidating to walk into an architects office, especially when you have a modest budget to work with. However the architects at POD made us feel at ease and were very easy to work with. They were able to take our ideas, requirements and our budget, and then work creatively and collaboratively with us to produce the final house plans. The end result is a beautiful house of which we are the proud owners. 

Mrs Sally-Ann Goncalves (June 2019)

Working with Shaneen and Belinda was a breeze. The POD team worked within our budget constraints and our desire to modernise but maintain the heritage look of our little red brick home (when it could have been easier to demolish). Our end result is a design that allows minimal use of air-conditioning and easy flow of living. Their design concepts and ideas exceeded our expectation for this property, which we love.

Mrs K. Adams (August 2019)

We have been working with People Oriented Design since Cyclone Yasi struck Tully in February 2011. I would like to acknowledge and thank Shaneen Fantin and Belinda Allwood for their generous in-kind donations, through their involvement with Emergency Architects Australia. They have assisted us with cyclone damage assessment, subsequent rebuilding and ongoing improvement of the space at the Tully Support Centre. They have also provided valuable assistance in sourcing pro-bono services from ARUP international engineering consultants.

With their help, the Tully Support Centre has been able to develop a long term, staged master plan to meet the current needs of the Tully Support Centre and build upon the capacity of the centre to meet the anticipated future needs of our community. We staged an official opening in June 2013 representing the completion of Stage 2 of 3 planned stages.

The completed Stage 1 works provided us with a replacement Emergency Relief Storage area, as this had been destroyed in Cyclone Yasi. Having this space allows the Tully Support Centre to bulk buy non-perishable food items for distribution to clients in need through our Emergency Relief Program. The subsequent Stage 2 reconfiguration of the interior of the building has improved client flow, staff and client safety and the confidentiality of clients.

Belinda and Shaneen have provided guidance and advice not only through the planning and documentation stages but also during the tender and construction process to ensure that the end result best meets with the needs of our community.

Mr Shane Greenwood.
Manager, Tully Support Centre (October 2013)

I have worked with Belinda Allwood since 2000, when I built a house that she had designed on the mountain-side in Smithfield. The project went very smoothly and went on to win an HIA award for best Energy Efficient House Design in Cairns. We have worked together on several more projects since then. I have most recently been working with both Belinda and Shaneen on a multi-residential project in Cairns and a new house in Bayview Heights.

Belinda and Shaneen are both highly experienced and capable architects with excellent construction knowledge. They are very innovative in their designs and have a comprehensive understanding of sustainable design. They know how to make a building comfortable, efficient and economical as well as look great.

Their collaborative approach and willingness to listen makes every project an enjoyable experience. They are very easy to work with and I have no hesitation in recommending them.

Len Harris
Builder, Cairns (October 2013)