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Philip Allsopp

Philip Allsopp

Adjunct Faculty, School of Sustainability, College of Global Futures

School of Sustainability
Arizona State University
PO Box 875502
Tempe, AZ 85287-5502


  • Senior Global Futures Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory
  • Adjunct Faculty, School of Sustainability, College of Global Futures


Phil’s research and professional activity continues to be focused on the effects of public and financial policies on the quality and durability of human habitats; the places we inhabit and which play decisive roles in shaping and enabling communities to achieve social, economic and environmental resiliency.

Phil’s professional and academic qualifications span the fields of business and economic development, architecture, system dynamics and public health. Following completion of architecture school and gaining his professional practice license, Phil joined a multi-disciplinary team in Oxford (UK) developing the first commercially available GIS and Physical Infrastructure Planning system (commonly referred to today as both GIS and BIM) for hospital facilities and UK NHS real estate management.  Receiving one of two Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Awards, Phil went on to study public health at Columbia University, NY, after which he served in the US Government, working for the Office of the Surgeon General as a US Public Health Service Fellow. His research included investigating the economic impacts on the Medicare and Medicaid programs of Hill-Burton hospital construction regulations, and MRI, PETT and cardiovascular surgery technologies.

Following his US government service, Phil spent five years working as an architect and planner with Perkins & Will in their Chicago office, leading the firm’s Health Planning Division as a Partner (elected in 1984). From 1986, Phil spent the next 20 years in the management consulting field, leading health care industry and system dynamics practices with major professional services and technology firms including EDS Management Consulting Services, A.T. Kearney, and Science Applications International Corporation. Phil also served as Chief Analytics Officer and later CEO of Axios Data Analysis Systems, a Blue Shield of California medical and business informatics subsidiary.

Relocating to Arizona in early 2006, Phil served President and CEO of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation - based at Taliesin West in Scottsdale – and as President of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture through 2009. He restructured the Foundation’s governance and operations and established new business, academic and cultural partnerships including the City of Scottsdale Historic Preservation Commission, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, The Getty, The University of Wisconsin's Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, and The Conservation Fund.

Phil serves as Chief Design Officer for Smart Pad Living, LLC, a community development and design company located in Phoenix.  Building on his research and that of many others, Smart Pad Living is applying best practices from aerospace, manned spaceflight, automotive and consumer electronics sectors to create more affordable, better performing, low carbon and more durable human habitats that support and enable higher levels of health and wellbeing (

Phil holds a D.Arch from Kingston University, London and a M.S. in Health Services Planning and Design from Columbia University. In 2009, he was admitted into the Fellowship of the Royal Society for the Arts, Manufactures and Commerce – RSA – in London.  In 2014, Phil was appointed Adjunct Professor at Arizona State University’s School of Sustainability and Senior Sustainability Scientist with ASU’s Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability.  In August 2016, Phil was elected President of the Royal Institute of British Architects, USA, of the RIBA’s Americas region.  His responsibilities include growing the RIBA’s presence in the Americas especially bringing the RIBA’s education & research, professional practice and cultural resources to bear on policy making surrounding major social and environmental issues impacting many rural and urban communities.


  • DArch, Kingston University, 2016
  • Certified, Sustainable Building Advisor, Sustainable Building Advisor Institute, 2012
  • MS, Health Services Planning and Design, Columbia University, 1979
  • DArch, Architecture, Kingston University School of Architecture, 1974


External Links

Journal Articles


Allsopp, P. D. and S. Schultz. 2012. Cities: Leading by example. Daylight & Architecture Autumn(18):75-86. (link )


Sickels-Taves, L. B. and P. D. Allsopp. 2005. Making a mark in America: The architectural ingenuity of Germanic settlers. Material Culture 37(1):85-106. (link )

Book Chapters


Allsopp, P. D. 2014. Le Projet de la “Nouvelle Babylone” de Frank Lloyd Wright (Frank Lloyd Wright’s Master Plan for the City of Baghdad). Pp. Chapter 9 In: Andre-Salvini, B. ed., La tour de Babylone : Etudes et recherches sur les monuments de Babylone. Musee de Louvre. Roma.



Allsopp, P. D. 2011. Doing the counterintuitive thing: Habitat as a catalyst for healthy communities and innovation in a transitioning economy. Presentation at the Making Cities Liveable, Australian Healthy Cities Conference, July 27-29, 2011, Noosa. (link )

Conference Papers


Allsopp, P. D. 2010. Urban planning and public health: A comparison among U.S., Swedish and Spanish practices and outcomes. Pp. 49-57 Conference Proceedings of Health Cities Conference: Making Cities Liveable. Healthy Cities Conference: Making Cities Liveable. (link )

Report Chapters


Lanning, K. and P. D. Allsopp. 2011. Placemaking and social capital: The drivers of wealth and culture. Pp. 67-75 Capitalizing on Arizona’s Arts & Culture. Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, Arizona State University. 98. Tempe, AZ. (link )