Sue was appointed Chair for BDP’s North Region in 2019 and is responsible for guiding the strategy for our Manchester, Birmingham, Sheffield, Leeds, and Liverpool studios. She is also our Sector Head for Education in the north of England having designed and deliver some of our most innovative and award winning education projects.
She is an active champion of good design and an holistic, sustainable approach to building, epitomised in her studio’s acclaimed St John Bosco Arts College and Enterprise South Liverpool Academy. She has prepared masterplans for Coventry and Sheffield Hallam universities and the Smart Innovation Centre at Keele University. This will create the first innovation centre in the UK to bring together a university management school and incubation space for innovative new and developing businesses.
Sue is a Visiting Practice Professor at the University of Sheffield and in 2015 she won the Architect of the Year category at the Women in Construction Awards.
“The ‘fat felt-tip pen’ - the origin of all good design! While advances in technology should be embraced, good design cannot exist without continual sketching and testing of ideas.“
Project director Sue Emms talks about the design of Enterprise South Liverpool Academy, BDP's Building of the year. Hear what users have to say about their fantastic new building.
Sheffield Hallam University has appointed three partner suppliers to form the Hallam Alliance, a ground-breaking new construction industry procurement and delivery model which aims to inspire change in the industry.
Children returning to school may be welcome news to parents but the format and structure of the school and timetable may look very different in the future post the COVID-19 pandemic.
Chair of our education for the north Sue Emms sees the future for university estates as less new build and more rebuild as existing buildings are repurposed.
Sheffield Hallam University has revealed its new campus masterplan which places it at the heart of the city.
As traditional architectural training is increasingly challenged education director Sue Emms describes emerging pathways into the profession and explains that practices have an increasing role to play in ensuring a socially inclusive and dynamic architectural profession for the future.
Responsible for delivering some of our most innovative and award winning schools, Sue Emms leads interdisciplinary teams on a range of projects and is our education sector advisor for northern England.