Emma Williamson


Emma joined COX as a Director in 2017 after the merger of CODA, a practice she co-founded in 1997.  With degrees in both Architecture and Interior Design, Emma works across projects of all scales. Emma’s portfolio of projects include urban design, educational and public buildings that have been awarded by the Australian Institute of Architects across commercial, public, urban design, interiors, education and residential categories, as well as winning the Australian Award for Urban Design, and an International Award for Public Participation for their work in community led design processes.

Emma has overseen the design of many projects, acting as an important critic as they move through their various stages of development. She focuses particular attention on a project’s interior and is able to cut through to the core of an idea quickly and to test against the desired outcome. Her work is driven by a belief that good design can influence positive outcomes at every scale and that architects have an important role to play in conversations about the future of our cities.  She currently holds a position as Chair of the Design Advisory Committee for the City of Canning.

Emma has been published widely in academic journals and national magazines, reviewing recent works and discussing the state of architecture more broadly. Over a ten year period, Emma combined practice with an academic position at Curtin University. In this role she was involved in the development of course content for the architecture and interior architecture courses delivered both locally and through Curtin’s international campuses. She currently holds a position as Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at Monash University.

Emma has developed a keen interest in the culture of practice and has established a reputation as a leading voice on equity in architecture, particularly the improvement of career pathways for women. She was the founding Chair of the AIA’s National Gender Equity Committee, a committee that has been pivotal in generating a movement of change in practice across Australia.