Phil Duff Joins HDR as Managing Principal of Seattle Architecture Office

(June 5, 2014) - Phil Duff, AIA, has joined HDR as Vice President and Managing Principal of the firm's architecture office in Seattle. As Managing Principal, Phil will oversee the operations and business development functions of the office and ensure design innovation remains at the forefront of every healthcare, science + technology and civic project designed in the Northwest.

Phil joins HDR with 27 years of experience in the architecture industry, most recently as a healthcare studio practice and market leader in the Seattle office of NBBJ. His project portfolio spans the healthcare and science markets, ranging from master planning, programming and design to transition services for ambulatory care facilities, complex acute hospitals and biomedical sciences buildings. He is a respected project leader, always bringing out the best in every team member and facilitating the success of the team, their partners, and the client in ways that reverberate into their lives.

"I'm excited to be a part of a firm that recognizes the opportunities in our region for research and education to transform the way healthcare is delivered, and that understands the role design plays in creating facilities that enhance how people work, learn and heal," noted Phil. "HDR uses the power of design thinking in a research-driven practice to reimagine the role architecture plays in health, science and the community. My goal is to strengthen HDR's stake in our local community and integrate HDR's national experts in innovation, process improvement and lean design in everything we do."

Phil is a respected educator and mentor, having taught design courses at the University of Missouri, the Art Institute of Seattle, and Bellevue College; he currently serves on the advisory board for his alma mater, University of Kansas School of Architecture, Design and Planning. His is passionate about being involved in the local community and promoting sustainability in his work and at home. He is a past board member of both AIA Seattle and the AIA Washington Council, and is a board member of Live Girls! Theater—a theater company dedicated to producing and developing new plays by women, as well as a member of the steering committee for Hello Earth Productions, which each summer presents "Outdoor Trek," an outdoor theater production of an original series episode of 'Star Trek.' He takes pride in his family, which includes six urban chickens, and the 795-gallon cistern he uses to collect water to flush his home's first-floor toilet.

HDR's Seattle architecture office—located in Two Union Square (6th and Union)—was started in 2006 to support HDR's international design work. For the first few years, the office provided design support for the new Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi Hospital in the United Arab Emirates. Since then, the office has designed a number of local projects, including the new VA Puget Sound ER in Seattle, Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee, expansions of the Mary Bridge Children's Hospital and Rainier Tower at Multicare Health System in Tacoma, and renovations at the University of Washington's Fluke Hall. Most recently, the office was named the design team for a new inpatient wing for Whidbey Island Public Hospital District. Marjorie Brown, who previously held the role of Managing Principal of the Seattle office, continues in the role of Healthcare Principal, responsible for expanding HDR's presence in health architecture and design throughout the Northwest.