FIRM OVERVIEW & PHILOSOPHY Studio|Durham Architects is a full service architectural firm dedicated to working with clients in a highly interactive process. This allows us to fulfill program and budget priorities while maintaining a commitment to award-winning design.
Our primary goal is to conceive projects that are sensitive to their environment and context, embody a consistent attitude towards creating an architecture of lightness and clarity, and to utilize materials and technology in an innovative manner while maintaining a focus on environmentally-responsible building. In addition to architectural design, Studio|Durham provides a wide range of design services that includes interior design; urban design; planning and landscape architecture; and custom furniture and objects.
A founding principle of our practice has been to work with non-profit and community organizations. These groups have included: The Gateway Foundation [Citygarden]; The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts; Habitat for Humanity St. Louis; Corner Science Stores, Inc., [a private science and math education facility prototype in Wellston, Missouri]; Bethany Place, [an AIDS social services organization and transitional housing facility in Belleville, Illinois]; as well as housing and commercial projects for various local church groups. These partnerships have allowed us to express our commitment to urban life, and implement plans with a greater social context.
PHILIP DURHAM BIOGRAPHY
Philip Durham was born in Providence, Rhode Island in 1961 and spent his childhood years living on Long Island and in upstate New York. Educated at Washington University in St. Louis, he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1983, and a Masters of Architecture degree in 1985. After graduation, Philip took a job as a project designer for HOK Architects in St. Louis. He worked on a variety of commercial project types throughout the United States, Mexico, and Europe, travelling extensively. In 1992, Philip formed Rubio|Durham Architects with offices in Chicago and St. Louis. Since 2002 he has practiced as Studio|Durham Architects from an award-winning 1880's renovated warehouse in an historic neighborhood of St. Louis. The 10,000 square foot building contains the firm's offices, a loft apartment and an urban garden.
Studio|Durham Architects has worked on both commercial and residental projects throughout the Midwest and Eastern United States, and architectural licenses are maintained in Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, New York and Ohio. Mr. Durham is a member of the American Institute of Architects and the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards.