For more than 30 years, CohenLeigh Architects has realised hundreds of projects across Australia – from houses to high-rise towers, schools to libraries, workplaces to urban design. It is this experience that transforms ideas into realities.

Our Story

Established in 1987 (formerly Dale Cohen Architects) the office is led by Dale Cohen, Clementine Leigh & Ben Cohen.

With over 30 years’ experience, our practice has built a reputation for innovation & design excellence with the aim of making a valuable contribution to the life of our clients & the built environment.

Our practice has an extensive & award winning portfolio of built work that includes residential, multi-residential, commercial & more recently, public realm projects. We have long-standing repeat clients who appreciate the value we bring to their projects.

Put simply, we’re inspired by doing great work with great people.

Our Team

Asset 1 Dale Cohen

Registered Architect ARBV 13962
B.Arch (Uni Mlb), B.Bldg (UniMlb)

Dale founded Dale Cohen Architects in 1987 & as a director for over 30 years he has overseen and successfully delivered a body of significant and award-winning projects across Australia.

Dale is passionate about the role of architecture in communities and advocates for build quality across the wider environment. His work has been published locally and internationally, known for its bold and sculptural qualities.

Expert in unlocking the potential of a site & revealing conceptual possibilities that many wouldn’t find, he’s also a dab hand at steering projects through contemporary building complexities and processes. Put simply, he knows how to bring ideas to life.

Asset 1 Clementine Leigh

Registered Architect ARBV 18817
B.Des (RMIT), M.Arch (RMIT)

A Director in the office & an accomplished project leader, Clementine thrives on delivering innovative & complex projects across all scales.

An exceptional listener, she’s a talent for distilling client briefs, and then translating these into exceptional design outcomes. Working across all project phases, Clementine has been instrumental in the delivery of the offices recent public realm & award winning projects.

Asset 1 Ben Cohen

Registered Architect ARBV 18813
B.Des (RMIT), M.Arch (RMIT)

A registered Architect in Victoria, Ben is a Director & highly skilled project Architect working across numerous project types & scales. He gained his Masters of Architecture (Distinction) at RMIT in Melbourne, including a year at Escola Tècnica Superior d'Arquitectura in Barcelona (ETSAB) & University Polytechnica of Valencia.

Ben’s interest lies in delivering quality driven, sustainable & socially responsible projects. Skilled at stakeholder and community consultation, his ability to form relationships with project stakeholders ensures our projects make it from conception to fruition.

Asset 1 Emilie Evans

B.Interior Architecture (Hons) Monash

Emilie is currently completing her Masters of Architecture at the University of Melbourne. With a background in Interior Architecture, Emilie maintains an interdisciplinary approach to our projects that they are designed both inside out & outside in.

Since joining CohenLeigh Architects, she has worked with a broad range of clients across educational, community &
residential projects with a strong ability to balance big picture ideas with small detail resolution.

Sustainability

Sustainability isn’t just a buzzword for us; it forms the foundation of everything we do. We believe that intelligent architecture is sustainable architecture. From the word go, we strive for our buildings to have a positive environmental and cultural impact.

We use low embodied materials and passive solar design wherever possible to reduce building running and maintenance costs. We work with our clients to suggest opportunities for long-term environmental benefits over short-term cost-savings.

We focus on the incorporation of practical and affordable integrated sustainable design features that harness natural light, fresh air and relationship with landscape.

We measure the success of our buildings by their positive social, environmental & economic outcomes.