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Philip Johnson

  • Senior Principal
  • London

Philip has an analytical approach to architecture which enables him to deliver innovative and creative solutions for any design challenge. A versatile and skilled designer, he has a particular interest in the cultural significance of sports and entertainment buildings, how venues evolve, and how they can be integrated successfully into their environment.

He led the design of the stadium for the London 2012 Olympic Games. It was designed to host athletics and the opening and closing ceremonies of the global event, whilst being capable of scaling down after the games. The stadium was the central showpiece during an unforgettable summer of sport and was shortlisted for the RIBA Stirling Prize, winning the ‘people’s vote’.

Even before the amazing events that summer, Philip was working with the LLDC to transform the stadium to create a truly a multi-use venue capable of accommodating a wide range of events including: athletics, football, rugby, cricket and concerts. This prestigious project is still under construction, but has already hosted matches of the 2015 Rugby World Cup. The venue will be complete when West Ham, the primary tenant, plays their first home game in 2016. This is an unprecedented transformation, and establishes an incredibly successful model for post-Olympic legacy.

Prior to these projects, Philip was the principal designer on the redevelopment of Ascot Racecourse. He joined the firm in 2001, leading and maintaining the high standards of design through the process which came to a climax when the racecourse was re-opened to great acclaim at Royal Ascot 2006. His work at his previous practice, included a Yacht Club, a number of residential projects, and his own house in North London.

In 2013, MCC published a masterplan for Lord’s Cricket Ground, developed by Philip’s team. The first project, the hugely exciting Warner Stand is under construction, and will be completed ready for the 2017 season. Populous won the architectural competition for the second project, which includes a new stand, two other buildings, and the partial refurbishment of the Listed Pavilion. These projects will complement, reinforce and enhance the unique world famous ‘home of cricket’.

A Senior Principal within the global firm, Philip is a regular contributor to international publications and has lectured extensively, at universities, conferences and professional institutions including the RIBA.

Philip has an analytical approach to architecture which enables him to deliver innovative and creative solutions for any design challenge. A versatile and skilled designer, he has a particular interest in the cultural significance of sports and entertainment buildings, how venues evolve, and how they can be integrated successfully into their environment.

He led the design of the stadium for the London 2012 Olympic Games. It was designed to host athletics and the opening and closing ceremonies of the global event, whilst being capable of scaling down after the games. The stadium was the central showpiece during an unforgettable summer Read More »

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