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Phil Allsopp MS, DArch, RIBA, FRSA

Former President and Chief Executive Officer, Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation 2006–09

Architecture Dip(Hons) 1974

Phil Allsopp (Photo credit: Ben Higham)Phil is a writer, speaker and activist concerned with improving the resilience and sustainability of our habitats, communities and commerce. These are the issues at the core of Transpolis Global, the organisation Phil co-founded in 2009, with operations in the US, the UK and the Czech Republic and serving clients worldwide. Transpolis is a multi-disciplinary organisation combining urban design, architecture, public policy and community advocacy.

Prior to Phil's current work with Transpolis, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the world-famous Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, the original organisation bearing Wright's name that was established by him in 1940. The Foundation is dedicated to advancing ideas and improvements to public policy regarding the critical role played by architecture and design in improving the quality of life; and to conserving the work and innovative spirit of Frank Lloyd Wright for the benefit of all generations. In addition to restructuring many aspects of the Foundation's governance, finances and operations, Phil led a groundbreaking relationship with the Solomon R Guggenheim Foundation. The resulting co-produced and co-curated exhibition, Frank Lloyd Wright: From Within Outward, in 2009, broke all previous Guggenheim box office records.

After graduating with a DArch (first class honours) from Kingston, a Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Award took him to Columbia University in New York. Phil spent two years as a Public Health Service Fellow in Washington DC working on the impacts of medical technologies on the US government's Medicare and Medicaid programmes. He has held senior leadership and executive positions with prominent firms in architecture, management consulting and the US health care industry, including Perkins Will, A T Kearney, Electronic Data Systems, and Blue Shield of California.

In recent years, Phil has increased his work with the non-profit world, holding various roles including Chairman of the Phoenix Green Chamber of Commerce (Arizona), and Vice President of the Royal Institute of British Architects-USA, Inc. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts.

"Kingston encouraged me to always think more broadly – across the disciplines, if you will – and to consider the large and small decisions and actions that lie outside of the field of architecture but that impact greatly what architects do, or are able to do.

Overall, my educational experience at Kingston made me realise that the practice of architecture carries with it an awesome social and economic responsibility, something that is too often overlooked and ignored by those in and outside of the profession."

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