Phil joined the USU Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning Department in August of 2011. Phil came to Utah State from the Landscape Architecture Program at Washington State University where he had been an Associate Professor and Program Coordinator. He is the creator and Director of the Horticulture & Landscape Architecture Display Garden at WSU. His scholarly interests include sustainable design and development, campus planning, and landscapes as communication media, especially pertaining to marketing. He formerly worked as an assistant director for planning, campus planner, and campus landscape architect.
An exceptional teacher and mentor, Phil earned a Master of Arts in Architecture from the University of Idaho, a BSLA from WSU, and is a Registered Landscape Architect. He has served as a member of the National Academy of Environmental Design, and is sought after nationally as an expert on issues pertaining to campus design, planning and marketing. He is author of the “Non-Architect’sGuide to the Design Process”, and recently served as Principal Designer for the Almaty Botanical Garden in Almaty, Kazakhstan, a Soviet-era botanical garden. The project supported three MSLA graduate students who made multiple trips to Kazakhstan, and were funded through a $250,000 grant for travel, design, and construction of the garden.
Phil is responsible for key MLA and BLA courses in construction, materials, planting design and sustainable practices. He is also the director of LAEP's forthcoming "Landscape Field Studio," an outdoor, hands-on laboratory for research and teaching related to construction and site design. He is very well read on a range of subjects and has a personal library of several thousand volumes.