Architect Sue Emms has been appointed as one of seven principals at the Manchester headquarters of inter-disciplinary design practice BDP.
Emms leads the practice’s education sector in the North of England and is currently working on projects for universities at Coventry, Keele, Sheffield Hallam and Warwick. Her designs in the region include St John Bosco Arts College and Enterprise South Liverpool Academy.
She is also a visiting practice professor at the University of Sheffield and external examiner at the Manchester School of Architecture, and has worked at BDP since graduating in 1999.
Emms said: “I am heavily committed to nurturing new talent by supporting and mentoring the next generation into the profession.
“We need to see new pathways to support the diversification of new entrants, so that we are a profession which reflects the society we design for.”
Her role includes supporting BDP as one of the ‘trailblazer group’ of practices, which has recently set out standards for new architecture apprenticeships.
Gavin Elliott, chairman of BDP’s Manchester studio, said: “We are delighted to invite Sue to become a principal. Sue is a superb designer and a fantastic communicator and I am convinced that her star will continue to rise, both nationally and in Manchester, as her role brings greater profile to her expertise and projects.”
BDP has also appointed Simon Thurstan, a building services engineer at the Manchester studio, as a director.