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Philip Kassanis provides consultancy services for most standard aspects of architecture & urban design, while continuing to develop an enhanced approach to masterplanning through academic research.

Practice

He operates as a consultant, undertaking some commissions directly as well as research.  Open Urbanism covers the research and development side of his interests.
Philip Kassanis Architect and Urban Designer is the trading name of Philip Kassanis Limited a company registered in England. No. 07514074.

Scope of work

He has a track record of working in a very diverse situations but he brings a consistent approach to each. This is reflected in his current workload with small “one man” commissions on one hand and large complex projects on the other. He is able to tackle large projects because he is well connected which gives him the ability to form teams customised to the needs of a particular project. He has long experience of leading teams and collaboration through the design and delivery process.

Aims

to provide the diversity of services as indicated in the scope of work in architecture and urban design because:

  • that is what he is good at and his experience equips him to do;
  • there is a demand from clients who value his approach;

to develop the area of his expertise stemming from his research interest in the quality of masterplanning because:

  • it is an area of intense interest to him;
  • there is a knowledge gap which he is equipped to fill.

Approach

His approach is characterised by these themes

  • smooth running
  • collaborative working
  • team cooperation
  • client trust
  • pathfinder
  • complexity
  • design
  • rationale
  • communications
  • limititions

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Philip Kassanis is a dual qualified architect and urban designer, whose career has been in private practice, most of the time as an architect, but increasingly since the early 2000s as an urban designer and specialising in masterplanning.

 

His career has been characterised by versatility and resourcefulness which has led to a pattern of operating in areas of new territory, both as an individual and also for the organisations represented. He has proven ability to deal with pathfinder projects pushing at personal and corporate frontiers. In the last six years he founded/ co-founded two companies capitalising on his masterplanning, research and pathfinder skills, both able to punch above their weight.

Philip Kassanis Limited

Since 2009 Philip Kassanis has undertaken a variety of work including consultancy and freelancing, teaching and small commissions. Larger scale work was done through Kassanis+Thomas see below.

Open Urbanism

Philip Kassanis specialises in masterplanning and is the founding director of Open Urbanism. It is a not for profit company carrying out research and development in the field of urbanism. It was created to meet a demand for fresh direction in the task of producing planning for places. It is strongly tied to the regeneration of places, which reached a zenith during the last decade but is now faltering owing to the changed economic, political and social climate.
It is currently developing two initiatives for which it is seeking an academic partner.

Kassanis+Thomas 2011-7

He co-founded the practice, Kassanis+Thomas in response to a demand from clients for the directors’ particular approach and unique combination of interests and skillsets. It was a versatile entity operating nationally and internationally.  Their extensive experience and collaborative networks equip the practice to tackle a vast range of projects, not so much limited to any given sector as to working with clients who share its values and appreciate its approach. He left the company in November 2017 to give his undivided attention to his consultancy and Open Urbanism.

 

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Practice

Practice

He operates as a consultant, undertaking some commissions directly as well as research.  Open Urbanism covers the research and development side of his interests.
Philip Kassanis Architect and Urban Designer is the trading name of Philip Kassanis Limited a company registered in England. No. 07514074.

Scope of work

He has a track record of working in a very diverse situations but he brings a consistent approach to each. This is reflected in his current workload with small “one man” commissions on one hand and large complex projects on the other. He is able to tackle large projects because he is well connected which gives him the ability to form teams customised to the needs of a particular project. He has long experience of leading teams and collaboration through the design and delivery process.

Aims

to provide the diversity of services as indicated in the scope of work in architecture and urban design because:

  • that is what he is good at and his experience equips him to do;
  • there is a demand from clients who value his approach;

to develop the area of his expertise stemming from his research interest in the quality of masterplanning because:

  • it is an area of intense interest to him;
  • there is a knowledge gap which he is equipped to fill.
Approach

Approach

His approach is characterised by these themes

  • smooth running
  • collaborative working
  • team cooperation
  • client trust
  • pathfinder
  • complexity
  • design
  • rationale
  • communications
  • limititions

Read more

Bio

Philip Kassanis is a dual qualified architect and urban designer, whose career has been in private practice, most of the time as an architect, but increasingly since the early 2000s as an urban designer and specialising in masterplanning.

 

His career has been characterised by versatility and resourcefulness which has led to a pattern of operating in areas of new territory, both as an individual and also for the organisations represented. He has proven ability to deal with pathfinder projects pushing at personal and corporate frontiers. In the last six years he founded/ co-founded two companies capitalising on his masterplanning, research and pathfinder skills, both able to punch above their weight.

Philip Kassanis Limited

Since 2009 Philip Kassanis has undertaken a variety of work including consultancy and freelancing, teaching and small commissions. Larger scale work was done through Kassanis+Thomas see below.

Open Urbanism

Philip Kassanis specialises in masterplanning and is the founding director of Open Urbanism. It is a not for profit company carrying out research and development in the field of urbanism. It was created to meet a demand for fresh direction in the task of producing planning for places. It is strongly tied to the regeneration of places, which reached a zenith during the last decade but is now faltering owing to the changed economic, political and social climate.
It is currently developing two initiatives for which it is seeking an academic partner.

Kassanis+Thomas 2011-7

He co-founded the practice, Kassanis+Thomas in response to a demand from clients for the directors’ particular approach and unique combination of interests and skillsets. It was a versatile entity operating nationally and internationally.  Their extensive experience and collaborative networks equip the practice to tackle a vast range of projects, not so much limited to any given sector as to working with clients who share its values and appreciate its approach. He left the company in November 2017 to give his undivided attention to his consultancy and Open Urbanism.

 

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