Phil-Astley1aUNIT 2 PARTNER


Honorary Research Fellow, The Bartlett, University College London

School of Construction and Project Management          


Member, Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), European Health Property Network, CIB Open

Building Group, Union of International Architects Public Health Group.


Phil is a Chartered Architect (Birmingham) since 1995 and Research Fellow at University College London. In practice he designed and implemented a significant number of projects ranging from mixed-use public and private partnership health, education and housing schemes. He continues to teach post-graduate studies at MARU (Medical Architecture Research Unit) where he was previously MSc Course Director for strategic (Master) planning of large health and residential sites. Within the last 6 years he has been Principal Investigator on 3 major UK Research Council studies: ‘Controlling Healthcare Acquired Infection: Design and Management Guidelines’, Technological and Social Models for Later Life’, ‘Planning for Operationally Ready Infrastructure, Emergency and Urgent Care case studies’. He is joint author for Royal College of Emergency Medicine for the Health Building Note for new Type 1 Emergency and Urgent Care design guidance for the UK Department of Health. In 2013 he also delivered a report for the Mayor of London on behalf of London Pathway to propose a new TB Medical Respite Care that will provide a range of supporting medical and therapy services for the single homeless and informally housed.

In 2014, with MARU, Phil completed a 6 month Post-Project Evaluation, governance and design report for Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, a seven-storey surgical and inpatient centre including intensive cardiac, renal and neurological care, theatres and day services. Findings will be published in a paper for the ‘Future of Open Building’ conference, ETH Zurich, September 2015

Phil’s doctoral studies focus on adaptable design of space and systems in healthcare infrastructure through the application of scenario planning techniques. Phil is also recently a resident of South Africa. He is a supporter of the African Prisons Project transforming custodial care environments for prisoners with TB and HIV. In 2014 he presented two papers at the Union of International Architects conference in Durban August 2014 on Open Emergency and Urgent Care systems and Rhizomatic Healthscapes in collaboration with colleagues at University College Dublin and with Eric Wright, University of Johannesburg Aformal Terrain Studio and BOOM Architects.

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