In our ongoing series, Interview with an Architect, we speak with leading voices in the North Texas architecture community and learn about their work, development issues in our community, and good design practices and principals (you can read the last one here).
After a decade of practicing architecture in Fort Worth for acclaimed local offices, architect Philip Newburn’s passion for modern, sustainable architecture led him to branch out and start his own firm. He’s making a big splash, being recognized as one of the great young architects in North Texas.
“I love architecture that makes you think and I think modern architecture has that effect on a lot of people—it is good to reevaluate your opinions from time to time,” he said. “I also think that there is an inherent optimism when people set out to push boundaries and create something new, which is admirable.”
His degree is from the University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture, and he practices at his firm, Philip Newburn Architecture. We sat down with him to talk modern architecture, sustainable design, and more.
CandysDirt.com: Would you say you have an overarching design philosophy?
Philip Newburn: It’s almost too obvious to state, but the point of architecture should be to create meaningful, authentic, and beautiful spaces for humans and the communities in which they live. It is unfortunate that so much of our built environment seems to consistently fail at something as basic as this. I consider myself fortunate that every day I get to work with great clients in an effort to improve their quality of life and their communities.