Phineas Harper is an architecture critic and designer. He is Deputy Director of the Architecture Foundation and former Deputy Editor of the Architectural Review. He has written on design and society for Uncube, ArchDaily, The Architects' Journal, Made and others. His first book, the Architecture Sketchbook is published by Laurence King and Magma.
The Architecture Foundation is an independant think tank campaigning on issues related to the built environment. With a renewed focus on the city and the critical intersection of architecture and politics, the Architecture Foundation works to effect meaningful change on policy and practice.
Former Deputy Editor
One of the most widely read architecture publications in the world, the Architectural Review has led critical discussion of the industry for over 100 years. Phineas was part of the editorial team of the magazine from 2011 until 2015 and currently sits on the editorial advisory board.
Turncoats is a shot in the arm of architectural discourse. Framed by theatrically provocative opening gambits, a series of free debates will rugby tackle six fundamental issues facing contemporary practice with a playful and combative format designed to ferment open and critical discussion, turning conventional consensus on its head.
Phineas was commissioned by Magma and Laurence King to write and devise a sketchbook for architects which would be useful in a digital era. The finished book contains 120 blank and gridded pages and printed scale rulers (both metric and imperial), plus 16 pages of useful information on architectural styles, drawing types, circulation, room layouts, furniture and fittings, structural elements and sustainability.
Director and presenter
Phineas has directed and presented a number of short documentaries for the Architecture Foundation and Architectural Review.
Phineas has taught undergraduate and postgraduate students at various schools of architecture and design in the UK. He is is currently a visiting tutor at the Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design and a guest critic at the University of Westminster.