Philip Marsh

Founding Director at dRMM

Philip Marsh ARB, DIP ARCH (UCL), RIBA

Philip Marsh studied Interior Design and then Architecture at Kingston University, completing his education at the Bartlett School of Architecture. He worked for Skidmore, Owings & Merrill Architects in his formative years before co-founding dRMM with Alex de Rijke and Sadie Morgan in 1995. Philip taught at the Architectural Association with his fellow Directors between 1998 and 2000. He is passionate about design – from an initial sketch through to realisation, Philip maintains an active involvement throughout the design process. In practice Philip has been instrumental to dRMM’s development as education and residential design specialists, and imparts his design expertise throughout the studio. 

Philip was the project architect responsible for the remodeling of Kingsdale School, an acclaimed project that addressed student morale and education standards through the radical transformation of the learning environment. This experience was distilled into Dura, dRMM’s Exemplar School for the DfES, for which Philip produced a publication with The Cambridge Research Group for the design of Food Technology spaces.  

In primary education Philip designed Clapham Manor Primary School, shortlisted for the 2010 RIBA Stirling Prize, and Four Dwellings – a 2FE Primary School for Birmingham City Council. Philip is the project director for the Exeter Royal Academy for Deaf Education, a purpose built environment for students aged 4 – 24 years. This new campus will serve the specialist needs of the students, providing new learning and residential accommodation, whilst a ‘Deaf High Street’ will provide community facilities that will bring hearing and non-hearing communities together.

Philip was the architect for the first Elephant & Castle (E&C) Regeneration pilot, Wansey St, a mixed tenure scheme for which dRMM were awarded BD Public Housing Architect of the Year 2006. He co-designed the sister project Harper Square for Family Mosaic, which was shortlisted for the NLA 2013 award for housing, and led dRMM’s most recently completed E&C housing scheme – Trafalgar Place – the critical first phase of the regeneration of the former Heygate Estate; a tenure-blind development of 235 homes of mixed tenure. Trafalgar Place has been shortlisted for the 2016 RIBA Stirling Prize and was awarded the Best New Place to Live Award and the Mayor’s Award for Planning Excellence at the 2016 London Planning Awards.

Philip has also been critically involved in other principle regeneration schemes across London. Philip designed ArtHouse for Argent developers, the first private housing scheme delivered at Kings Cross Central completed 3Q 2013. He is project director for Faraday House, part of the first phase of the Battersea Power Station, a project which has been described by David Cameron as “jewel in the crown” of regeneration projects in London. Philip has recently completed the design of a 25-storey residential tower by the St Pancras railway station for Camden as part of the Central Somers Town CIP programme which was granted planning consent in 2016.

Philip is currently working on a residential scheme forming part of the Television Centre regeneration in White City. The project, which Philip has designed for Stanhope, has been applauded by local residents who described it as, “bold […] lighter in feel and in a talented way it cleverly transitions the mixed architecture of the existing street to the bulkier aspect of the [BBC] Question Mark. There is a degree of poetry in its existence where none existed before”.

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