Emma Telfer

Emma is a passionate urbanist and well-respected cultural leader who has recently joined Assemble as Director of Culture & Strategy.

Prior to Assemble, Emma was Executive Director of Open House Melbourne, a public architecture organisation and registered charity that works to improve design literacy and appreciation for the value of good design in the built environment.

Assemble is a build to rent development and community management company focused on delivering affordable housing projects where good design, community, and sustainability go hand-in-hand. 393 Macaulay Road, Assemble’s first project to be delivered under the Assemble Model, has been identified as one of Resilient Melbourne’s Resilient Communities (an initiative of 100 Resilient Cities – pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation). Assemble comprises 25+ employees and is the publisher of Assemble Papers, a respected online and print publication exploring small footprint living across art, design, architecture, urbanism, the environment, and financial matters.

Wominjeka (Welcome). We acknowledge the Yaluk-ut Weelam as the traditional custodians of the land on which we meet. Yaluk-ut Weelam means ‘people of the river camp’ and is connected with the coastal land at the head of Port Phillip Bay, extending from the Werribee River to Mordialloc. The Yaluk-ut Weelam are part of the Boon Wurrung, one of the five major language groups of the greater Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to the land, their ancestors and their elders—past, present and to the future.