Philip Cox AO

Founding Partner

Philip Cox is the founding partner of the firm. He commenced practice with Ian McKay in 1963 and formed his own practice, Philip Cox and Associates in 1967. The firm has grown to become Cox Architecture with the 350 personnel it has today.

He has received numerous awards in recognition of his contribution to architecture, including the Sir Zelman Cowen Award, the RAIA Gold Medal in 1984, Life Fellowship to the RAIA in 1987 and Honorary Fellowship of the American Institute of Architects in the same year.  In 1988 he was awarded the Order of Australia for services to architecture. In 1993 he received the inaugural award for Sport and Architecture from the International Olympic Committee, and is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities.

Philip Cox is responsible for the concept design of most of the firm’s projects and reviews all the designs produced by the practice. He has overseen the design of projects in Australia, South-East Asia, China, the Middle East, South Africa and Europe.


  • AO, B Arch (Hon1), Dip T and CP, University of Sydney, PhD Science, UNSW, H.C., LFAIA, HonFAIA, FAHA, MRAPI, RIBA, RAIA Life Member