Natura Materials Corporation
Phil is a scientist working in the interdisciplinary fields of human habitat, human ecology and regenerative systems. His role at Natura Materials Corporation is focused on bringing together and applying these fields to the design, manufacture and precision assembly of carbon neutral human habitats designed to enable and support healthier, more active living and sustained economic opportunity. For the past 10 years Phil has been developing construction sector applications for structural and insulation systems made from small-diameter lumber liberated by forest restoration and also from industrial hemp crops. This work includes applying best in class supply chain and manufacturing processes to integrate design, manufacturing, fabrication and assembly using cross laminated timber and agriculturally based thermal insulating masonry products. The goal of this is to achieve significant reductions in the carbon footprint of construction methods while substantially increasing the durability, affordability and performance of built environments.
Phil, a dual US and UK citizen, was born and educated in England, becoming a licensed architect and Chartered Member of the Royal Institute of British Architects, after which he pursued post-graduate research in environmental physics and energy conservation at the University of Wales Institute of Science and Technology. Prior to relocating to the united States, Phil was a senior research architect with the Oxford Regional Health Authority, UK working on the development team designing manufactured systems for hospital construction and also an advanced Building Information Modeling system which integrated building design with the manufacture, fabrication and assembly of medical centers for Britain’s National Health Service.
Following his Masters degree in the public health field at Columbia University, New York, and US Government service with the Office of the US Surgeon General, Phil’s career spanned the fields of architecture, public health, management consulting and system dynamics, where he attained practice leadership positions with global management consulting firms including Electronic Data Systems, A.T. Kearney, SAIC, and the major international architecture, urban planning and engineering firm of Perkins and Will.
Phil and his family moved to Arizona in 2006 for his position as President and CEO of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and also President of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture until 2010. In addition to his work with Natura Materials Corporation, Phil continues to be directly involved in shaping public policy pertaining to physical environments and urban infrastructure. He is a Senior Sustainability Scientist and Adjunct Professor at the Julie-Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability at Arizona State University, a Certified Sustainable Building Advisor, and also serves as President of Britain’s Royal Institute of British Architects, USA.