Paul Phillips, AIA, LEED AP



For over 24 years, Principal-in-Charge Paul Phillips, AIA, Leed AP, has guided the design and construction of sensitive government agencies and institutional facilities all over the world for agencies such as the Department of State and Department of Defense, amongst others.  A specialist in the unique design needs of US Diplomatic compounds on foreign soil, Mr. Phillips is an expert at balancing project approvals from multiple stakeholders and jurisdictions, sensitivity to historic or cultural concerns, and environmental factors and requirements in all his designs. 

Over the course of his career, he has designed everything from complete renovations to security upgrades to site reviews to ground-up construction of embassy compounds in over 18 different countries, and six out of seven continents. Notable examples of his work include the new US Embassy Compound in Valletta, Malta, and Mbabane, Swaziland; and the US Embassy Compound in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. 

A strong advocate for the design-build approach, Mr. Phillips takes a lead design role and has a very hands-on approach with all his projects at KCCT. Currently, Paul oversees multiple embassy projects for the US State Department’s Bureau of Overseas Building Operations in both politically and environmentally diverse geographic regions such as Equatorial Guinea, Beirut, and New Delhi.  He assists the Department of State with the preparation of studies and manuals for various initiatives including creation of OBO’s Diplomatic Facilities Design Standards, a comprehensive, interactive, web-based tool that explains the unique design nuances of diplomatic facilities. When not traveling the world, he speaks regularly on the risks, strategies and partnering opportunities for global architecture at various AIA events across the country, including Boston, Washington, DC, and Virginia Beach, and at the Design Build Institute of America (DBIA) National Conference in Las Vegas, NV.

Paul earned his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Arkansas and studied at Virginia Tech’s prestigious Urban Symposium for Architecture.