Chris Phillips is a Fellow of the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects and a founding partner of PFS Studio, a Vancouver-based landscape architecture, urban design, and planning firm. PFS Studio has received more CSLA design awards than any other firm in Canada, many for projects that Chris has led. Chris has directed a diverse range of acclaimed projects ranging from broad-scale community and campus master plans to the design of parks, open spaces, and the public realm of major urban developments.
Central to Chris’ design philosophy is the importance of public open space in place-making, as a locus of urban public life and culture, and as an opportunity for ecological diversity. Chris’ design approach seeks to reflect regional and site context, collaborate with affected communities and civic decision-makers,demonstrate sustainable innovation, and create inclusive public spaces that enhance and animate city life. Chris encourages the inclusion of public art in his work and is a past Chair of the City of Vancouver Public Art Committee. Chris has shared his extensive professional expertise and innovative thinking on advisory urban design panels, as a member of the Vancouver City Planning Commission, and on numerous art and design juries.