Fremantle-based practice, CODA Studio, has announced they will be merging with Cox Architecture.

The announcement coincides with the 20-year anniversary of CODA’s founding, which the practice celebrated last week.

Since it opened in 1997, CODA Studio – founded as a “creative collective resisting the pull of the eastern states – has worked on a number of high-profile projects. Last year, the studio’s Karratha Super Clinic project received a commendation at the Australian Institute of Architects’ WA Architecture Awards. This year, the same project has been shortlisted for a World Architecture Festival Award in the Completed Healthcare Architecture category.

Founded in 1967 by Philip Cox, Cox Architecture is a multi-disciplinary practice that currently employs hundreds of staff throughout Australia and Asia. They have been selected for a significant number of large-scale projects across all sections of their business, covering architecture, interior design and urban design.

On a statement posted to CODA Studio’s former website, the practice announced:

“We are delighted to announce that CODA has merged with renowned Australian design practice, COX Architecture.

“[CODA directors] Emma Williamson and Kieran Wong are now directors at COX Architecture and are joined by all CODA staff from across architecture, interiors, urban design, communications and administration. We call this CODA 5.0!”

Following the merger, CODA will transfer its staff from its former studio in Fremantle to Cox Architecture’s Perth CBD offices.