Philip Smith

Associate Director Landscape Architecture

Phil is a Landscape Architect with 15 years’ experience in projects from inception and concept through to detail design and construction. His particular areas of expertise are visitor attractions and mixed-use developments including public realm.

Following Graduating in Anthropology, Phil converted to Landscape Architecture as a way of working on practical solutions that contribute to social improvement. It also  having a love of the outdoors and green space.

Favourite city and why?
Sorry…can’t answer this with just one city. My top three are Birmingham, Bristol and London, for a variety of reasons that include University days, meeting my wife, family connections, and landscape projects that I’ve worked on. London is where, as a student, I spent many a good evening in Camden Town and regularly go back with my kids (on scooters) to see a show or visit a museum. Bristol has been the location of a large proportion of my work life, working on a Wharf-side regeneration project. I love the creative energy and pioneering spirit of the place. And of course, the self-deprecating and friendly Birmingham, which has always been part of my life, either whilst growing up or as a place of work during the construction of Thinktank Science Garden. My favourite city abroad is Bilbao.

What do you do in your spare time?
Most of my time is spent with my family that comprises a wife of 12 years, a 10-year-old cat, a 9-year-old boy, an 8-year-old Labrador, a 7-year-old girl and a 2-year-old Border-Jack. I’ve put a stop on any more additions. Other than dog walks, sword fights and constructing tree-houses, I sometimes find time for gardening, cycling, squash and tennis and generally follow most Sports.

Favourite building in the UK and why?
Got to be a building that includes landscape. Actually, it’s a building, landscape and archaeological site all rolled into one – Sutton Hoo in Suffolk. An incredible mix of unrivalled Anglo Saxon history, beautifully evocative landscape and a top visitor experience at the recently finished National Trust building, as well as great historical tale of British determination by the treasure hunters who unearthed the buried archaeology. All in all, an inspiring place on so many levels…and now with plans for a viewing platform to add to the experience. Dunstanburgh Castle was a close second.