more about Philip Kassanis

Architecture | Urban Design | Masterplanning





Critical approach to each project

Although phases of his career have tended to focus on a particular sector, Philip has never sought to become a sector specialist because it would be too constricting for a free-ranging thinker.

This translates into an approach based on enquiry rather than reliance on sector-specific knowledge, which can always be referenced as necessary.

Client's benefit because Philip brings the full weight of analytical and creative thinking to each project thus avoiding the tendency among some sector specialists to "cut and paste" solutions or just refer to the good practice manual.

Expanding horizons

These abilities enabled the firms who Philip worked for to broaden their portfolios.

This enabled a general health buildings practice to include specialist mental health facilities; a supermarket specialist to embrace a HQ cum factory building for Nokia; a logistics sector practice to tackle the shell & fitout work for the new HQ cum production facility for Pizza Express ; a retail specialist to undertake logistics sector buildings, masterplanning projects, and overseas work.

More recently, during his time at Kassanis+Thomas (read more), it underpinned the firm's ability to be involved in airport masterplanning, overseas regeneration projects, workplace innovation, Crossrail 2 station/masterplanning, college buildings and campus masterplanning, climate change research funded by Innovate UK.

At Open Urbanism these traits led to the development of two innovative initiatives based on masterplanning to the point of being ready to pilot read more .


A selection of highlights since the founding of this practice in 2010...

2021 Richmond Society Award

Architect for The Vineyard Life Church which won the Award for a distinguished contribution to Richmond. Its outstanding programme of work over three years was done whilst the church and community services continued uninterrupted. read more

100% NSS success

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.

Albert Hall shortlist

Shortlisted for 30K research fellowship awarded by Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 to create ideas for the area around Royal Albert Hall. read more

Crossrail 2 station masterplanning

North London: devised original solution for CR2 station & surrounding land transforming the vision & prospects for the area & becoming the vehicle for reconciling landowner, rail & other public sector interests. read more

£100K award from Innovate UK 

Award of  £100K from Innovate UK's “Design for Future Climate Change” programme Headed the bid and then led the team to successful delivery. read more

Overseas masterplanning under UKEF/ECGD scheme

Plot 10 Primorye GZ Vladivostok: Executed masterplanning for 30,000 sq. leisure led mixed use development on a 15Ha site to enable ongoing project funding & financing under UKEF/ECGD scheme. read more