Fox Johnston is a design and ideas-driven practice based in Sydney, Australia. The practice offers an experiential and holistic approach to design by integrating landscape and architecture to create compelling and thought-provoking places.

We combine an intelligent, pragmatic response to each client’s brief with a thorough understanding of the opportunities created by site and context.

We work across a range of projects, from large private houses to adaptive re-use of heritage buildings to major multi-residential projects. Our work is driven by a passion for light, space, natural materials and finely crafted living spaces, coupled with an acute awareness of the sustainability challenges facing the built environment today.

The practice specialises in creating well-resolved, light-filled, tactile and thought-provoking buildings – both single houses and multi-residential projects – for people to live, work and play in. Living in a Fox Johnston-designed building is the perfect antidote to the stresses of today’s complex and challenging world.

Emili Fox

Director. B.Sc(Arch), B.Arch(USYD), RAIA BOA, AIA

Emili Fox relishes a challenge. “The more difficult the site, or the brief, the more innovative the solution we have to find,” she says.

Emili’s high quality, uniquely designed houses, apartments and urban design projects are internationally recognised, and her work has been widely published in journals and magazines. She is a member of the Institute of Architects’ NSW, and lectures in design & communications at the University of Technology, Sydney and the University of New South Wales. She was appointed as AIA Chapter Councillor in March 2012.

“We aim always to go beyond the brief and give our clients more than they expect – a building that not only works superbly, but also continues to surprise and delights its occupants, long after we are gone“ Emili Fox, Director. 

Emili has a special interest in and has undertaken several projects specifically associated with the principals of environmentally sustainable design.

Conrad Johnston

Director. B.Sc(Arch), BArch(Hon)(USYD), AIA, BOA

Architect Conrad Johnston likes to go beyond what he is originally asked to do, in pursuit of the exceptional. “With every project, our aim to provide a site-specific response, one that defies preconceived notions and delivers in spades,” he says. Conrad has a special interest in high quality large scale, mixed use and adaptive reuse, boutique apartments and hospitality work. He is involved in all phases of a project, from conceptual design work through to design documentation and project delivery.

He believes everyone should have as much light, air, space & views as possible – irrespective of whether they live in a luxe bespoke house, or in an upmarket multi-residential building. “We approach each job as a unique design opportunity. Whether it is a multi-residential building, a site-specific house or contemporary addition to an existing building, our objective is the same: to give our client a robust, integrated and superbly resolved solution that meets their brief, but also offers something they haven’t wholly expected. “ he says.

Conrad graduated from the University of Sydney in 1997 with honours. Prior to establishing Fox Johnston in 2004, he worked with a number of leading architectural firms in both Sydney and London, including Alex Popov, Buschlow Henley and FJMT.

Alan Powell

Associate. B.Des(Arch), M.Arch(USYD) 2010

Alan graduated from the University of Sydney in 2010. The following year he lived and worked on the Aboriginal community of Urapuntja in the Central Desert region of the NT, involved in the development of a community-focused, culturally appropriate design process.

In 2012 Alan worked with Andrew Burns, gaining experience with international competitions and documentation for local residential architecture. Alan joined us in 2013 and has worked on single and multi-residential, commercial and design competition projects.

Brad Phillips

Associate. B.Des(Arch), M.Arch(UoN) 2012

Brad joined Fox Johnston at the end of 2013 after graduating from the University of Newcastle in 2012 and travelling throughout the Caribbean, Europe and Japan in 2013. Brad has worked on residential projects and small public projects in Sydney and Newcastle.

He has an affinity with the water and is often sailing somewhere in the Caribbean, Mediterranean or Pacific when not in the office.

Stef Reynolds

Associate. Bsc(Hons) Bath University, M.Arch UNSW 2013

Originally from Greece Stef did her Bachelors at Bath University UK. After travelling she decided to settle in Australia where she finished her architectural studies completing her masters at UNSW.

She has worked in various places overseas, mainly the Middle East and Ancher Mortlock and Woolley in Australia. She is a tea freak.

Kate Pereira

Office Manager. BSc (Arch) (USYD)

Kate graduated from the University of Sydney in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science (Architecture).

With a love of construction and a love of organisation, she found her way into Construction Project Management. With a further need to organize, Kate embarked on a career change into Office Management and Bookkeeping, eventually finding her way to Fox Johnston in 2015.

Her father holds out hope that she will one day become an architect.

Luxsina Thunyaprateep

Designer. BArch(design) RMIT M.Arch UTS 2014

Luxsina joined Fox Johnston in 2015 after completing several years working on large-scale multi-residential projects.

After finishing her undergraduate studies at RMIT in Melbourne, she moved to NSW for her Masters at UTS.

Between degrees, she returned to her home country of Thailand to gain experience in exhibition and museum design.

Although she comes from a tropical country, she loves cold weather and dreams of holidaying in Antarctica!

Jimmy Yan

Architect. BArchStud (UNSW) 2011 M.Arch (UNSW) 2012

A native of Fuzhou, China, Jimmy holds a Master of Architecture from University of New South Wales. He has called Sydney home for the past 10 years. Jimmy has extensive experience in residential development across Sydney from townhouse design through to multi-residential apartments.

In Jimmy’s spare time he’s playing tennis, reading books or watching films at the cinema.

Stefanie Carr

Associate. BAS Arch, M.Arch (UC) 2008 BAS Arch, M.Arch (UC) 2008 - BAS Arch, M.Arch (UC) 2008

As a graduate Stef worked in Canberra and London on a range of projects including special needs housing, an early learning centre, primary and secondary schools, office buildings and aged care facilities.

Since moving to Sydney she has worked on small and large scale mixed use multi-residential projects. Stef joined the Fox Johnston team in mid 2016 and brings along her passion for construction and detailing.

Originally from a small town in NSW, Stef often misses the quiet nature of the countryside. Strangely enough she has a great fascination with the behavioural habits of pandas.