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. The stadium was the central showpiece during an unforgettable summer of sport and was shortlisted for the RIBA Stirling Prize. Under Philip’s leadership, the stadium was transformed into a multi-use venue which has already hosted Rugby World Cup 2015 matches, West Ham United home games, and will host the Athletics World Championship in 2017. This is an unprecedented transformation, and establishes an incredibly successful model for post-Olympic legacy.

Having joined the firm in 2001, Philip was the principal designer on the redevelopment of Ascot Racecourse, which re-opened to great acclaim at Royal Ascot 2006. Philip’s international projects at Populous include the concept design for an indoor arena in the Middle East, which will be complete in 2018.

In 2013, MCC published a masterplan for Lord’s Cricket Ground, developed by Philip’s team. The first project, the hugely exciting new Warner Stand opened in May 2017. 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, for which planning consent was achieved in 2015. 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. In addition to his work at Populous, he is an external examiner at the University of Cambridge.

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. The stadium was the central showpiece during an unforgettable summer of sport and was shortlisted for the RIBA Stirling Prize. Under Philip’s leadership, the stadium was transformed into a multi-use venue which has already hosted Read More »

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