Philip Johnson

Philip Johnson

  • Principal
  • London

Philip has an analytical and creative approach to architecture which enables him to focus on innovative yet appropriate solutions for any given 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.

As Project Architect for London’s award-winning Olympic Stadium, he was delighted to see the building take such a central role during the incredible events at the 2012 London Olympic Games. The stadium has already become a familiar national landmark, and was shortlisted for the RIBA Stirling Prize, winning the ‘People’s Vote’. The building is unique being designed for a capacity of 80,000 for the games, to suit the needs of the athletics and ceremonies events, but capable of being scaled down to a range of different capacities and uses after the Games.

Philip is now leading the design team for the transformation of the Olympic Stadium to suits its post games use. The stadium is being adapted to create a truly multi-purpose stadium, with state-of-the art retractable seating, suitable for regular use as the new home for West Ham United Football Club, whilst also accommodating athletics and concert events each summer as well as hosting matches at the Rugby World Cup in 2015 and the Athletics World Championship in 2017.

Prior to his time at Populous, Philip undertook the detailed design of the Greenwich Yacht Club on Greenwich Peninsula as well as several residential development schemes in London. He also put his credentials to the test by designing and then managing the construction of his own innovative house in Islington, London.

After joining the practice in 2001, his first major role was as Design Architect for the redevelopment of Ascot Racecourse. He maintained the high standards of design quality throughout the five year journey from initial concept work, through the scheme design phase to construction detailing. The highly ambitious project was opened to great acclaim by Her Majesty the Queen in June 2006 at Royal Ascot.

Seen as a senior designer within the global firm, and with considerable experience in this field, Philip is a regular contributor to international publications and has lectured extensively, at universities, conferences and professional institutions including the RIBA, and jointly authored the sports chapter for the Metric Handbook, the UK’s leading technical guide for architects.

Most recently, Philip has created the Masterplan for Lord’s Cricket Ground. The plan provides a framework for development over the coming decades, to complement, reinforce and enhance the unique world famous ‘home of cricket’, with a view to maintaining and enhancing its status, as the world’s finest cricket ground.

Philip has an analytical and creative approach to architecture which enables him to focus on innovative yet appropriate solutions for any given 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.

As Project Architect for London’s award-winning Olympic Stadium, he was delighted to see the building take such a central role during the incredible events at the 2012 London Olympic Games. The stadium has already become a familiar national landmark, and was shortlisted Read More »

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