Philip Donovan

Philip Donovan



As an innovative design architect, Philip has cultivated over 11 years of experience in creative design and technical expertise across a wide range of project typologies. In his current role as Project Architect, he has been re-imagining the design for K-12 public schools by creating fully-immersive learning environments; playful, joyful spaces that integrate educational architecture, theming, and wayfinding, enhancing the ways in which students learn and amplifying the instructional tools teachers employ. Proven outcomes have shown that great design creates a stronger sense of community and connection to the built environment. Philip has helped craft those successful outcomes by ensuring excellence in his work from concept design through construction administration; tenaciously ensuring the successful turnover of client facilities occurred on time, at or under budget, and exceeded expectations.

As a project leader, Philip has facilitated close collaboration between public facilities departments, jurisdictional authorities, and private stakeholders. Managing these relationships meant establishing clear lines of communication and accountability that helped ensure no piece of these complicated projects was overlooked.

Philip has rigorously advanced his knowledge and expertise in the areas of building technology, design documentation, building envelope science and construction administration. He believes clear, complete project drawings and specifications are the backbone to maintaining control of project budgets and schedules, reducing and eliminating cost overruns and time delays. Philip has worked closely with clients in selecting advantageous construction contractor relationships, identifying optimal benefits in the procurement of various construction delivery methods that exist between design-bid-build, construction management at risk and multiple prime contracts.

Most recently, Philip has helped lead the technical design and construction administration as a project architect for the net-zero energy Discovery Elementary School that opened in fall of 2014. He is currently the project architect leading the design of the second net-zero elementary school for Arlington Public Schools.


Master of Architecture, University of Virginia, 2005

Bachelor of Design in Architecture, University of Florida, 2003