PHOOEY Architects Pty Ltd
ACN 142 662 888
Suite 315, 343 Little Collins Street
Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia
T +61 3 8616 0561


PHOOEY Architects is an enthusiastic and progressive design practice specialising in sustainable architecture & interior design. Many PHOOEY projects have received prestigious awards and world-wide publication. We place great emphasis on listening to and working closely with our clients to achieve their project aims.

PHOOEY projects typically aim to:

- Provide a resilience which enables them to comfortably adapt to social, technological, climatic & other changes over time;

- Elegantly capture their client briefs;

- Be finely detailed;

- Be functional & energy efficient; &

- Minimise waste.

PHOOEY is internationally recognised for their employment of innovative re-use & adaptation strategies that enable new life to be breathed into old things. This includes:

- Re-using salvaged materials & building elements;

- Re-purposing materials & building elements;

- Re-inventing redundant buildings & places; &

- Complementing & conserving heritage buildings & heritage places.

Our range of delivered projects includes a diversity of residential, commercial, institutional buildings and environs, extending in complexity/ detail from urban design into one-off bathroom and furniture design.

Our suite of services includes master-planning, scoping/ feasibility studies, design guidelines & design assessment panel services. We are experienced providers of full project services comprising design, documentation and construction contract superintendence. We are also able to contribute partial design and project management services tailored to suit each client and project’s unique preference.

We also do a bit of building on the side & enjoy delivering small Design & Construct projects now & then.

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Peter Ho Director

B Arch, Uni Melb 1996 (Hons)
BPD (Arch), Uni Melb 1992
ARBV (since 2000) 15542

Peter has more than twenty five years of architectural experience on major building projects ranging from high-rise towers in Ho Chi Minh City & New York; opera houses in Cardiff Bay; multi-residential apartments in Melbourne and Spittelau; houses & beach houses in Melbourne and London, not only in his current role, but also while previously employed by renowned international design practices including Zaha Hadid in London, Denton Corker Marshall in Hong Kong & Gregory Burgess, Peter Corrigan & Nonda Katsalidis in Melbourne.

As a design and project architect, Peter has conceived & resolved many of the above projects, co-ordinated teams of consultants as well as individually completed projects from the beginning to the end.

Peter is a regular public speaker around Australia and overseas. His abilities to conceive innovative ideas and to effectively communicate are evidenced in his successful media career, including television roles as a judge on Network TEN’s THE RENOVATORS & previously as an expert panelist on ABC’s THE NEW INVENTORS. These experiences have further developed his value and appreciation of great Australian design ideas & been a great opportunity for Peter to share his ideas relative to architecture & sustainability with mainstream Australia.


Emma Young, PHOOEY

Emma Young Director

B Arch, RMIT 1997
B Sc Env Des, UCan 1992
Grad Cert Bus Prop, RMIT 2007
ARBV (since 2000) 15569

Emma typically works closely with the project team and project manages the design, documentation & delivery of each project.

Emma is a registered architect & has lead the PHOOEY Architects team since its establishment in 2002. She has more than twenty five years of design & project architectural experience on major building projects, not only in her current role, but also while previously employed by renowned design practices including Lyons, Max May & Rijavec Architects. She has been responsible for all aspects of the design, development, project management & delivery of multi-million dollar institutional & commercial works for TAFEs, universities, hospitals, film studios, commercial & industrial developments, new & renovated residential & multi-residential projects.

As an experienced design and project architect, Emma has conceived & resolved many of the above projects, co-ordinated teams of consultants as well as individually completed projects from the beginning to the end. Emma has superintended a diversity of construction contracts for both large and small projects. This service enables quality, cost & performance to be managed on a day to day basis. Emma’s participation in this project phase has benefited many client & builder relationships and enabled the successful delivery of many projects.

Emma holds a Certificate of Business Property & has previously worked in the role of Project and Development Manager for Places Victoria (formerly known as VicUrban). Emma’s intimate knowledge of government protocols ensures that every project she works on is carefully managed for quality & economy while still achieving innovative architectural outcomes.

Emma’s abilities to conceive innovative ideas and to effectively communicate are evidenced by her successful public speaking career in both Australia and New Zealand. Most noteworthy were Emma’s presentations as invited speaker to the 2013 ‘Material’ National Architecture Conference & the 2014 CMS Design Experience Series in New Zealand.

Emma won the 2011 Westpac Bank Ruby Award for Elizabeth St Branch, announced on International Women’s Day, 8th March 2011, celebrating educated, connected & inspiring Australian women. She was recently entertained to discover that she now has her own Wikipedia entry!


PHOOEY Family at MU Exhibition 2

PHOOEY is a Family Business

PHOOEY Architects is a family business run by husband & wife team, Peter Ho and Emma Young.

Quality design, service and client care have always been our priority.

We provide a warm and nurturing environment for our employees, who comprise a small team of extremely capable & enthusiastic individuals.

We are therefore able to provide a personal & friendly service.

One or both Directors will participate in the delivery of all aspects of your project.

We place great emphasis on listening and working closely with you to achieve your project aims.