Western Architect and Artist
Phil’s architectural and artistic work draws deeply from his Montana ranching heritage, capturing not only the special qualities of the spectacular Montana landscape, but also the distinctive Montana culture as it evolved from Old West to New. Phil’s delight in humanity shines in his multitude of sketches, drawings and paintings. Through pencil and pen, marker and brush, he shows a different way of thinking about, seeing, and making place.
Dr. Mark Gelernter
Emeritus Dean of the College of Architecture and Planning at the University of Colorado
Phil's formal architectural training began at Montana State University and concluded at the University of Washington College of Architecture and Urban Planning with a Bachelor of Architecture. Through training and study, he absorbed the Arts and Crafts tradition of Voysey, Macintosh, Maybeck and Frank Lloyd Wright, and adapted these principals to his own place and sensibilities. Working in this tradition, Phil designs every detail from beam connections to lighting fixtures, all reinforcing the overall character of the design and connection to place.
In recent years, Phil has returned increasingly to watercolor and oil painting with Western themes and landscapes. His distinctive drawings create astonishment and pleasure in everyone who sees them.