A spandrel is the space between two arches. Architects are all about space. Spandrel is also the newest artistic venture for Bijl Architecture - and as they say, nothing ventured, nothing gained! Whilst we are a new band, we have four experienced musicians all of whom have played in bands. 

Nominated Charity: Wayside Chapel

Band Members


Melonie Bayl-Smith

Instrument: Lead Vocals / Keys

Classically trained pianist and registered architect Melonie is the founder and director of Bijl Architecture. She is well known for terrorising her staff with her spotify playlists which contain everything from jazz fusion to black metal. With little spare time between architecture and family, Melonie moonlights as the singer and manager for Spandrel. 

Piers Bayl-Smith

Instrument: Guitar / backup vocals

Piers is the long-suffering IT man at Bijl Architecture and also a frustrated house and church band guitarist who loves to rock out to metal. When he's not up-specing the CAD server or answering dumb software questions from architects, you can find him nerding it up at his luthering table. 

Andrew Derbidge

Instrument: Bass / Backup vocals

Andrew is a structural engineer and a Director of Partridge.  He spends most days designing concrete and keeping architects happy, but it wasn’t always this way…once upon a time, back when mullets were cool, he was a Bon Jovi wannabe, spending 15 years playing in some of Sydney’s top covers and party bands.  Those were the glory days, but it all stopped when kids came along and his hair fell out.  It took the glamour and zeal of Spandrel to lure him out of musical retirement.

Giles Gibbins

Instrument: Drums

Giles is a wannabe architect and occasionally a wannabe drummer. When sticks are placed in his hands, his metal youth days are re-born and nothing will be safe! Drumming for Spandrel is Giles' excuse to his wife for keeping his drumkit inside the house.