Q & A
Regional Award Winner
Philip Durham has been practicing architecture since graduating Washington University in St. Louis in 1985. After a short stint at HOK, he opened his own firm in 1992. Today Studio|Durham Architects designs high end residential, urban infills and small commercial projects from a renovated circa 1880's warehouse in the Soulard neighborhood of St. Louis. In addition to the firm's offices the building contains a loft apartment for Mr. Durham and his wife, and a large garden.
Where do you find design inspiration?
Books and magazines, art galleries and museums, travel.
How do you approach the design process?
Every project begins with research and a series of meetings with the client to develop an accurate program. We then develop the design in a highly interactive design process with the client, relying on sketches and study models to present ideas.
What makes your aesthetic stand out amongst other designers?
We have a clean, functional, modern aesthetic in a part of the country that still tends to be very conservative in its design directions.
What is the greatest value you provide to your clients?
Our wealth of experience on a variety of projects give us the ability to help our clients spend their money intelligently (though not necessarily to spend less).