Professor of Practice Philip Thalis
Philip Thalis is a founding principal of Hill Thalis Architecture + Urban Projects, established in 1992. Philip has more than 25 years local and international experience across a broad spectrum of architecture and urban projects.
Philip leads an urban studio in the graduation studio of the UNSW Master of Architecture program.
Philip is a founding principal of Hill Thalis Architecture + Urban Projects, established in 1992. Philip has more than 25 years local and international experience across a broad spectrum of architecture and urban projects.
Philip has won more than 40 awards, commendations and competitions for architecture, urban design, planning, public domain and heritage projects. The Sydney Olympic Village competition winning project was instrumental in launching Sydney’s Green Games agenda and the Barangaroo/ East Darling Harbour International Competition has generated strong public interest in Sydney’s urban future. The Pair of Houses in Northbridge was commended in the 1995 Institute of Architects Awards and has been published in various guidebooks to Sydney architecture. Pirrama Park, Rooftop Apartment, Substation No. 175 and The Majestic have also been widely published and have featured in architectural tours.
Under Philip’s direction, Hill Thalis has successfully undertaken some of Sydney’s most important urban projects, including Sydney2030, the University of NSW Master Plan, Rhodes Peninsula DCP and Public Domain Plan, Parramatta City Centre DCP and Sydney Olympic Park 2025 Plan – for SOPA (with Tony Caro + JILA). A series of major projects in Canberra includes the ambitious City to the Lake project.
Work on public projects includes a new waterfront park and pavilion structures in Pirrama Park, the heritage interpretation of Giles Gym in Coogee and public open spaces in Redfern and Parramatta. Public projects in historic buildings include a performance space in the Eveleigh Workshop.
Hill Thalis design residential projects at all scales and densities. Large scale estate and subdivision plans include the Little Bay Master Plan and other projects for Landcom and private developers. Hill Thalis have completed more than 60 multi-unit, medium-density, high-density, affordable and aged care housing projects. Projects range in scale from 2 to 150 dwellings, often including retail and commercial uses.
New houses for a range of clients and budgets, range from small inner city sites to waterfront houses and country residences.
Philip was awarded a scholarship by Paris Belleville Architecture School to complete his Urban Design Masters in 1988. He combines the direction of the practice with research, lectures and teaching at various Sydney universities. He regularly delivers public lectures and conference papers on a range of environmental and design issues. His extensive knowledge of Sydney’s architecture and urban history is widely respected and he regularly contributes to leading journals. His book, Public Sydney: Drawing the City, co-authored with Peter John Cantrill was published in 2013, and the second print run is expected later in the year.
Philip was the Institute of Architect’s appointee to the Heritage Council in 2000 – 01 and is a Trustee of the Historic Houses Trust of NSW for 1998 – 2006. He was a member of the Institute of Architect’s Awards Juries in 1985 and 2000 and has served on a number of design review panels and competition juries.
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