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Sue Emms

Sue Emms

Architect director Manchester
+44 [0]161 828 2200

Sue is responsible for delivering some of our most innovative and award winning educational projects and is our sector head in the north of England.

In 2015 she won the Architect of the Year category at the Women in Construction Awards.

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 is currently leading the team on LJMU's new £100m flagship building on Copperas Hill.  The commission to refurbish the former Royal Mail Centre close to Lime Street station has recently been granted planning permission and is due to open for the academic year in 2018.

Other notable projects include The Round Foundry, Leeds, and Culcheth High School, Warrington.

What has been the most exciting innovation in architecture?

“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.“

Enterprise South Liverpool Academy and LJMU's Copperas Hill development

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.


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