For all the doom and gloom we are swamped with these days, I see a bright future. I think we can collectively decide – literally decide– to create our own renaissance which is about much more than self interest; it’s about making a better world from which each of us can benefit as we deliver sustained value to others.
I want future generations to look back on what the architecture profession accomplishes over the next few years as the time when architecture became once more a critical human endeavor. I would like our collective endeavors to be remembered as a time when it became the norm and not the exception that built environments of all types were designed and built to nourish the human spirit and help strengthen peoples’ connection to society and the places they inhabit.
It is vital that together we harness the innovative energy and passion of architects and demonstrate to those in the corridors of economic and political power that our profession is capable of playing a far more pivotal role than it does today in improving both peoples’ lives and economic opportunity through the work we do.
Architecture is a Public Health Endeavor
Phil was born and educated in the United Kingdom, becoming a licensed architect and Chartered Member of the RIBA. Receiving a Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Scholarship, Phil earned a Master of Science degree in Health Services Planning and Design from Columbia University, New York and went on to serve as a United States Public Health Service Fellow with the U.S. SurgeonGeneral’s Office in Washington, D.C.
His diverse businessand professional career in architecture is exemplified by leadership positions in public health, and management consulting with global firms including EDS, A.T. Kearney, SAIC, and Perkins and Will with whom he was Vice President, based in Chicago. As President and CEO of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, Phil led major changes tothe Foundation’s strategy, governance structure and finances and the re-accreditation by the NAAB of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture. He has remained active through his work in shaping public policy pertaining to physical environments and urban infrastructure, leading the World Business Council on Sustainable Development's Phoenix initiative, as a senior sustainability scientist with the Julie-Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability at Arizona State University, and as President of RIBA-USA.
Most buildings end up being experimental prototypes that rarely embody the principles of precision production and assembly that are commonplace with the everyday products, transportation systems and devices people use.
My approach to design is focused on changing this because current approaches employed across the construction sector result in unnecessary inefficiencies and vast volumes of waste. But changing this state of affairs doesn't mean one-size fits all "modular" buildings.
At my firm we apply advanced 21st century technologies and materials to provide customers with an infinite range of cost effective possibilities no matter what the building type happens to be. Underpinned by an extensive computational design ecosystem that spans GIS, BIM, 3D design and Algorithmic programming, we simulate design alternatives for how they perform well before actual assembly begins. Simple.
So at KAMBRIO, we don't build - we assemble.
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