CURRENT & RECENT
PHILIP KASSANIS LIMITED
Since 2009 Philip Kassanis has undertaken a variety of work including consultancy and freelancing, teaching and small commissions – some examples are shown below but generally see the portfolio section of the website. Larger scale work during the period 2011-7 was done through Kassanis+Thomas see below.
- Designed a course for interior design students at Coventry University spanning whole spring term and delivered it for 2 years in succession. In the 2nd year the course achieved 100% score in 2016 NSS.
- Shortlisted for 30K research fellowship awarded by Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 to create ideas for the area around Royal Albert Hall.
- Fronted up masterplanning tenders for Roger Griffiths Associates (now Parkwood Consultancy) and shortlisted for: 10,000 home urban extension and 240 Ha masterplan review at Manor Royal, Crawley.
Philip Kassanis founded Open Urbanism as a not for profit company to carry out research and development in the field of urbanism. It developed the two initiatives outlined below to the point of being ready to pilot but which have now been on hold for several years. In this time the political, social and economic context has changed significantly. The business plan for these is currently undergoing review with the first step being to close the company but continue Open Urbanism as a trademarked brand within Philip Kassanis Limited.
- M10 is an academic research programme that aims to enhance the practice of masterplanning by learning the lessons of the last 10 years using an improved framework.
- OurPlanning™ is a suite of services that facilitate communities unite in common purpose to create a plan for their area. With a £5,000 grant from the Technology Strategy Board, to develop its innovation, it worked with The Glasshouse Community Led Design to bring it to readiness to pilot.
He ran this practice for 6 years with Stephen Thomas. Kassanis+Thomas was a versatile entity operating nationally and internationally, founded in response to a demand from clients for the directors’ particular approach and unique combination of interests and skillsets. Their extensive experience and collaborative networks equipped the practice to tackle a vast range of projects, not so much limited to any given sector as to working with clients who shared its values and appreciated its approach. Some of its work is noted below.
- Masterplanning & feasibility for several mixed use schemes (UK & overseas) ranging from 12,500sqm/5.5Ha to 30,000sqm/35Ha (retail, residential, commercial, leisure, hotel, retirement complex & healthcare).
- Research project for climate change adaptation, £100,000 funded by Technology Strategy Board.
- Visioning for redevelopment of a major UK rail station.
Review of 250 stations to support franchise bid.
- Pre-planning & planning work on several residential schemes ranging from 10 to 750 homes.
- Proposal for vision & scoping study for a 60,000sqm empty building in a 3rd tier Russian city together with a regeneration study for the city itself & its region.
- Proposal for mixed use new building for Bournville College & masterplan for campus.
- Developing initiative for collaborative workplace which links training, work, enterprise and business – working with partners from charity, business, training sectors – looking at sites and developing business model including funding.
- Masterplanning, architectural & strategy partner for consortium bidding for re-opening Manston Airport.
- Architectural & masterplanning support services to development team for Rome’s projected new 2nd airport
He was at Mountford Pigott for seven years as an associate director, with a particular remit to enhance its capacity in the logistics/ distribution and office sectors. While there, he carried out projects at all stages from feasibility to work on site, dealing with several major business parks and was influential in the firm’s entry into the Russian and Ukrainian market and the logistics sector with several significant large and complex projects. Much of the work involved masterplanning, making a considerable contribution to this part of the firm’s portfolio.
DESIGN & DELIVERY
The ability to take projects from design to completion under commercial conditions was developed within three practices, Keith Hiley Associates (1984-91 and 96-97); Farrell and Clarke (1994-96); and Michael Sparkes Associates (1997-2001). Most of the work was in the office, distribution and retail sectors and included: two £12M distribution depots procured under by traditional means, which, with the fitting out, involved twenty nominated subcontracts (1987-89); three HQ office building, each combined with production facilities, which again included fitting out – Nokia (1994-5), Eagle Press (1996-97), Pizza Express (1999-00); and 1M sqft of distribution/ warehouse projects (1997-2001).
THINKING THROUGH FROM FIRST PRINCIPLES
Although he has a thorough understanding of the commercial world, much of this work was distinct from mainstream commercial architecture because of its high bespoke fitting out content. The formative influence of his early career gave him the ability to deploy this added dimension. First, at The Peter Bond Partnership (1977-80), he was schooled in thinking things through from first principles and the fine art of detail design (e.g. boardroom and office fit out for United Biscuits HQ, 1778-79). Then at Hutchison Locke and Monk (1980-84) these attributes were grounded even further with responsibility for the design and delivery of a pioneering mental health project (four SASS units 1980-83) which contained features designed from first principles.
During 1994 he supported expert witness, Ray Cecil, in a £10M litigation case. He was tasked with constructing a database to correlate evidence and manage the input of 3 other research assistants. This was without precedent and involved mastering new skills, all of which illustrates versatility and pathfinding.