Phil Grant

Senior Associate Architect

Phil led the design and delivery of Ysgol Bae Baglan, winner of the Eisteddfod Gold Medal for Architecture, 2017. Rumour has it he’s still wearing the gold medal.

Phil leads the concept design for major education projects in our Cardiff office. He has worked across most design sectors and his expertise brings a valuable input to the complexity that school design demands.

Interesting fact that nobody knows about you?

I am also a graduate from a school of mechanical engineering, so I could become a Chartered Engineer. I was always going to be an architect, but I wanted to know more about the scientific side of designing buildings rather than having to rely on mechanical engineers too much. I now have a better feel for their work and can interrogate them more than other architects can.

Why did you choose a career in architecture?

I enjoy a challenge. I always wanted to be an architect from the age of 7. I enjoy building things, so it feels like a very natural career for me to follow. I enjoy both the science and the art side of it. That’s what architecture is all about.

What is the role of an architect?

We are problem solvers; there is always a solution. Also, we have to be able to communicate, which we can do in so many different ways – talking, drawing, writing and by making models. Now that we have access to virtual reality, I want to take things further and immerse people in the concept; allow them to feel, hear and experience the spaces I’ve envisioned.  

What advice would you give your 20 year old self?

Life as an architect will be very tough at some points, but persevere. The rewards are heart-warming and you will be able to deal with just about anything they throw at you.

What is your proudest moment?

Receiving a Gold Medal for Architecture in 2017, on behalf of Stride Treglown for Ysgol Bae Baglan School.

Industry Bodies:
  • ARB
  • RIBA
  • MEI
  • Constructing Excellence in Wales ‘Project of the Year’ Award for;
  • Newport High School 2010. Later listed exemplar project with CEW
  • Penarth Learning Community 2014
  • Ysgol Bae Baglan 2017. This went on to win the National Constructing Excellence Project of the Year Award.
  • National LABC Award – Best Building for Ysgol Bae Baglan
  • BCSE Award for Innovation Award and later for Preston Manor Lower School
  • Highly Commended Greenbuild Awards – Education New Build for Preston Manor Lower School
  • NHBC National Awards 2003 – Best Brownfield Site for phase 1 of Portmarine in Portishead.
  • Eisteddfod Gold Medal Award 2017 for Architecture for Ysgol Bae Baglan