Philip Watson

Director, Head of Design

HLM Architects


Philip rejoined HLM in 2018 as Director, Head of Design. This is his second stint at HLM and a measure of the attraction of our ‘extended family’ ethos. While Philip’s main expertise lies in education, he has gained a wealth of experience across several sectors, including healthcare, workplace, residential and masterplanning.

Philip is responsible for driving design culture across our studios and has been instrumental in establishing HLM’s ‘Thoughtful Design’ ethos. He passionately believes that good design can positively impact people and society and that this outlook should form the bedrock of HLM’s portfolio.

Philip regularly speaks at conferences and writes articles for industry publications. He also leads HLM’s research and development programme which currently covers design for wellbeing, client engagement, modern methods of construction, and environmental sustainability. In 2019 he was made Visiting Professor at the University of Leeds and in 2020 a Fellow of the RIBA in recognition of his contribution to architecture and the arts.

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