Phil Smith

BA(Hons) Arch, Dip Arch (Dist), Dip Arch Prac.Architect (UK), RIBA ARB

Phil is Director of the New Zealand branch of Collingridge And Smith Architects and leads the practice’s research into sustainable development.

Phil studied at De Montfort University, Leicester, gaining a BA honours degree in 1996, and a Graduate Diploma with Distinction in 2000. Phil became registered with ARB and RIBA in 2001 and achieved a further Post Graduate Diploma in Practice Management in the same year. Phil was featured in Building Design magazines top 100 students of 2000, and was shortlisted for the RIBA Presidents Medal of 2000.

Whilst studying, Phil worked for a variety of practices gaining valuable practical experience. His gap year was spent working on a £7million apartment project in Docklands, London for Wates and the new HQ for Canon UK in Surrey, a £20million low energy office scheme.

Upon graduating in 2000, Phil was invited to join Foster and Partners, where he worked on a wide variety of international and UK based projects, including the practice’s first American corporate office tower in New York, the 46 storey Hearst Tower. Phil was the Project Architect responsible for design development of the practice’s initial concepts and led the design of the highly insulated glazed cladding into construction. The building has received many awards since completion, including New Yorks first ‘ LEED’ platinum rating for its sustainable design.

After Hearst, Phil followed his passion for sustainable design and joined the team designing the first building of the governments flagship £5.1billion school renewal programme, Capital City Academy. Phil led the sustainable design strategy for the school, developing the natural ventilation and passive solar design and worked closely with the engineers, Buro Happold to deliver the low energy building, the first of its kind in school design. Since opening in September 2003, the building has won a commendation from The Civic Trust and was shortlisted in the RIBA awards, the precursor to the Stirling Prize.

After the success of Capital City, Phil worked on a further eight Academies, and was made Job Captain for the schools team in 2005.

Phil emigrated to New Zealand in 2006, and after a brief period working for a residential and commercial practice in Auckland, he established his own practice in March 2007, completing his own sustainable home in Remuera, Auckland that same year. Phil has continued to innovate in the education arena, revolutionising early childhood centre design in New Zealand, and his design for the Te Mirumiru early childhood centre in Kawakawa was shortlisted for a World Architecture Award in 2010. Since completion in 2012, it has been featured in magazines and architectural websites around the world including Architecture NZ, Home magazine, Inhabitat and Interiors magazine.

Phil is also highly skilled in environmental or ‘green’ design and was invited to be an assessor for the Green Building Council of New Zealand in 2007. He has assessed and awarded over 25% of all their star ratings and was appointed as their technical advisor, leading the team who created the NZ Green Star Education rating tool.

In Spring of 2012, Phil established Collingridge and Smith with Graham Collingridge to build on their collective expertise and make the first steps towards a global practice.

Phil Smith