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Graham Phillips

Practice Mentor

Graham Phillips spent over thirty years (1975-2008) as a director at Foster and Partners, joining when the office comprised thirty people in London and helping it to grow to a worldwide team of twelve hundred. He was a member of their Design Board and served as Chief Executive. He is first and foremost a passionate and highly experienced designer. For ten years he was based in Hong Kong, where he was Managing Director of the Foster office there, overseeing the renowned Hong Kong Shanghai Bank building and Chek Lap Kok Airport projects, among others. He was a member of the HKIA and an Authorised Person.

In 2000 Graham realised the design for his award winning Skywood House, which has been widely acclaimed , and was nominated for a Mies van der Rohe Award.

In 2008 he was awarded the prestigious Catedra de Luis Barragán professorship at the University of Technology in Monterrey, Mexico, and he continues to make regular teaching visits to Mexico.

Since his retirement from Foster’s Graham has continued to design and build projects, including houses in Spain, apartments in London and a rooftop development in the South of England. He is currently collaborating on a book about Skywood to be published in 2013 by Thames and Hudson Ltd.

At Astudio, Graham brings his extensive project management, strategic and financial expertise to bear. He regularly attends design reviews, offers strategic advice on company and project issues and helps to advise on the future shape of the company. He is a member of the RIBA and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

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