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An award-winning designer with an extensive background in architecture and interiors, Emily Cox believes that well-designed spaces should be a personal and meaningful embodiment of the client. Whether managing a high-end hospitality project or transforming a waterfront family home, her work is fueled by collaboration and communication. 


Along with her design partner, Michelle Suddeth, Cox founded Onyx Design Collaborative in 2017, a boutique luxury interior design firm curating remarkable residential spaces. To date, the firm has enjoyed elevating an array of Lowcountry properties from Kiawah Island to historic downtown Charleston along with taking their talents as far as San Francisco, CA.


Not satisfied to keep hard-won insights to herself, Cox launched Building Badasses in 2018 to empower women involved in construction, both by trade and as homeowners, to be capable, confident, and beautifully self-sufficient in a historically male-dominated industry through monthly networking events and learning initiatives.


Tucked within the booming Park Circle area of North Charleston, Cox also established The Circle in 2018, a shared coworking space bringing professionals across the interior design, architecture and building industry together to create, collaborate and construct. 


To date, Emily Cox has managed $35 million+ of high-end custom home projects over the course of her 15-year career - a number of which have garnered AIA awards, regional and national press, and a feature in the book Contemporary Southern Homes. 


To further prove that she’s not just another pretty face, Emily holds a BS and Masters Degrees in Architecture from Clemson University.  


Renowned for her spicy southern sass, quick-wit and pure swagger, Emily seeks to energize and inspire female audiences to amplify their voices and own their power.





Becoming an entrepreneur/business owner, being a community leader/influencer, learning to lead + finding your voice, conflict resolution



Understanding the dollars and sense, asking for what you deserve, being an advocate and ally



Nuts and bolts efficiencies + processes, how-tos for homeowners, trade-specific insights, greasing squeaky wheels, knowing what/when to outsource 



Designspiration, trends versus timeless, what’s worth the investment, how to budget + mitigate the unexpected, smart selections for resale value, state of the industry in the context of COVID

Interested in having Emily speak at your next event or workshop? Download her full speaker sheet or book online today. 

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