About Emma

An architect, adventurer, writer, photographer, I work a short walk from my home in Brisbane but have worked on projects as far away as Ecuador and England.  With a laptop, mobile phone and bicycle I revel in far-flung projects.

Emma Scragg Architect was first born as Earthly Designs in 1990 when I designed the Wild Mountains Environmental Education Centre.  I enjoy the challenge of a tight budget and creative solutions for making existing and new buildings more pleasurable and sustainable to live in. 

I have spent many years working for Riddel Architecture (now Conrad Gargett Riddel) on larger budget, residential and public conservation projects, hospitality, commercial, interior design, extensions and alterations and new sustainable homes including the Hill End Ecohouse

I gained much knowledge from visiting sustainable housing and other community and environmental building projects around the world in England, Wales, Ecuador, Mexico and north America as well as in Adelaide, northern New South Wales, Tasmania and southeast Queensland.  My cycle tour in 2009 (www.esdcycle.blogspot.com) from Alaska to Oregon visited many cohousing, ecovillage and adaptive reuse projects.  With my passion for cycling, I have been the pin up girl for Bicycle Queensland and was interviewed as part of Biking Brisbane.

I enjoy writing regularly for Sanctuary magazine and learn much from the sustainable homes I visit and photograph.


  • Architect Registration (Queensland) No. 4075
  • Bachelor of Architecture (Honours – 1st class) QUT 1996
  • Bachelor of Applied Science – Built Environment – Architecture (with Distinction), QUT, 1992


  • Regular printed and occasional on-line articles about sustainable design and adventure travel                         
  • 1994 -Urban Ecovillages - principles sustainable design, Queensland University of Technology
Working outdoors with baby in attendance