Paul Phillips, AIA, LEED AP



For nearly 30 years, Paul Phillips has guided the design and construction of sensitive government agencies and institutional facilities all over the world for the Department of State, Department of Defense, and others.  A specialist in the unique design needs of US Diplomatic compounds on foreign soil, Paul specializes in balancing project approvals from multiple stakeholders and jurisdictions, sensitivity to historic or cultural concerns, and environmental factors and requirements in all his designs. 

Paul has designed everything from complete renovations to security upgrades to site reviews to ground-up construction of embassy compounds in more than 18 different countries, and six 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, Paul 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, 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.

Years of Industry Experience

Bachelor of Architecture, University of Arkansas

Professional Licenses, Certifications, Memberships, and Associations
American Institute of Architects
Design Build Institute of America