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Sue Emms

Sue Emms

Principal, Architecture, North Region Chair Manchester/Liverpool
+44 [0]161 828 2200

Sue was appointed Chair for our 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 delivered 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.

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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