Phineas Harper is a critic and designer based in London. He is Deputy Director of the think tank, the Architecture Foundation, a regular columnist for Dezeen and former Deputy Editor of the Architectural Review. His new book, A People'History of Woodcraft Folk tracing the history of the political children's movement is out now.

The Architecture Foundation

Deputy Director

The Architecture Foundation is an independant not-for-profit think tank campaigning for a better 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. Phineas joined the Architecture Foundation in Spring 2015 with Director, Ellis Woodman. Together they have relaunched the organisation connecting with a core membership of architects, clients, contractors and civil servants leading London's build environment.

Writing

Phineas writes for a wide number of publications on the intersection of design and politics.

Dezeen
The Independent
RIBAJ
DOMUS
Uncube
Arch Daily
Architectural Review
Architects' Journal

Turncoats

Co-creator

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.

Books

A People's History of Woodcraft Folk
Published by Woodcraft Folk, 2016
ISBN: 978-1-873695-11-1

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.


The Architecture Sketchbook
Published by Magma and Laurence King, 2015
ISBN: 9781856699648

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.

Film

Director and presenter

Phineas has directed and presented a number of short documentaries for the Architecture Foundation and Architectural Review.

Teaching

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.

Contact

Say hello

phinharper(at)gmail.com

@phinharper