Philip S Luo

Licensed Architect in California
LEED Accredited Professional


With over a decade and a half of experience designing for people, Philip understands and can anticipate the needs of users and clients. Experienced in managing projects from $3 million to $300 million, he is able to help clients develop appropriate solutions and lead a team of diverse individuals in working towards a common vision.


Philip's commitment to sustainability goes beyond LEED Accreditation. As a member of Perkins + Will's Sustainable Design Initiative team, he was a strong advocate for the use of energy and daylight modeling in the design process. Self-trained in EnergyPlus (DOE's energy simulation software) and DialLux (professional lighting design software), Philip demonstrated how architects could use modeling software to design net-zero energy buildings using the following strategies: building orientation, solar shading, daylighting, envelope materials, insulation, and power generation.


2008 - 2009 | Perkins + Will, San Francisco, CA
Senior Project Architect
Philip was a project architect on a 67,000 square meters laboratory building in Singapore. In addition to overseeing the technical aspects of the building shell & core, he also played a leadership role in the design of the building interiors. As a member of P+W's sustainable design initiative, he organized an effort to provide pro-bono sustainability consulting to non-profits and promoted the use of energy modeling in the design process.

2006 – 2008 | LDA Architects, San Francisco, CA
Senior Architect
Working for a small office, Philip was able to be involved in a diversity of projects that include an urban hotel renovation, a university guesthouse, an equestrian barn/clubhouse, a fire station apparatus building, and a multi-family housing project. He also initiated a marketing program to introduce the firm to commercial realtors and design-build contractors.

2004 – 2006 | Shah Kawasaki Architects, Oakland, CA
Senior Architect
As a senior architect working on a Fumihiko Maki designed art museum in St. Louis, Philip managed project consultants and was the primary contact with the design architects in Tokyo, Japan during the construction documents phase. He became project architect during contract administration. The Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts project was a two building addition to the design arts complex at Washington University. The new buildings added an art museum, a library, art studios, and classrooms.

2002 - 2004 | Philip S Luo, Architect, San Francisco, CA
Philip worked as project architect on a number of commercial projects in the Bay Area. These projects included a high-rise condominium in San Francisco, a seven story building addition in Berkeley, and a three thousand square foot tenant improvement in Downtown San Francisco. His design and technical skills allowed him to lead the design, management, and production phases of projects for clients efficiently and effectively.

1999 - 2001 | PortfolioCorner, Inc., San Francisco, CA
Director of Product Management
In charge of Front-Office products for PortfolioCorner, Philip developed web-based solutions to help financial professionals expand their client base through the Internet. His responsibilities included overseeing development of product features, developing the process of implementing products online, setting direction for web site content, increasing web site traffic through advertising and PR, and acquiring clients through direct mail efforts. PortfolioCorner, Inc. provided business solutions for financial professionals.

1990 - 1999 | Studios Architecture, San Francisco, CA
Senior Designer and Project Manager, named Associate in 1997
In his career as an architect, Philip delivered many successful projects for clients such as E*Trade Group, 3Com Corporation, and Andersen Consulting. His projects included office tenant improvements, demonstration centers, R&D facilities, manufacturing facilities, corporate campuses, and an entertainment complex. In most projects, his role involved working with clients to develop design vision and functional solutions, manage a team of consultants and engineers, and oversee construction administration. Studios Architecture is an International Design Firm.


2002 2004 | iiSBS []
Founder and Partner
Philip Luo and his partner, Kal Deutsch, formed a consulting team to help small companies use the Internet to achieve their business objectives. Their projects included an online dining reservations system for Mountain Winery in Saratoga, product catalog site for a construction supply company, and marketing websites for a law firm, a medical group, a non-profit art support group, and a real estate referral startup.

1999 - 2004 | Storybook Online Network []
Creator and Publisher
As publisher of Storybook Online, Philip created a self-sustaining website that creates, develops, and disseminates original short stories for children. Children around the world collaborate online to write stories together. Stories are presented as written, illustrated, animated, and audio presentations. Storybook Online Network is a storytelling community for children.

2001 | San Leandro Unified School District []
Instructor (Internet and Computer Animation)
As an instructor for the after-school program at John Muir Middle School, Philip taught 6th Grade students to make their own games and movies using Macromedia Flash. In this class, students also learned to use the Internet as a research tool while playing games that required them to find answers online. Games included trivia challenges, dinosaur hunts, and other web quests.


Architectural Record, October 2007
Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts
Museum, library, and art school by Maki Associates and Shah Kawasaki
Contribution: Project Architect

Interiors Magazine, October 2000
E*Trade Corporate Headquarters
Interior architecture by Studios Architecture
Contribution: Senior Designer and Project Manager

AIA Honor Award, Pittsburgh Chapter, 2000
Architecture Magazine, May 1998
Marconi Communications Headquarters
Corporate campus by Studios Architecture
Contribution: Designer and Job Captain

AIA Award of Honor, San Francisco Chapter, 1999
99 Green Street, interior architecture by Studios Architecture
Contribution: Designer

Workplaces and Workspaces, published 1998
McCann Erickson Advertising
Interior architecture by Studios Architecture
Contribution: Senior Designer and Project Manager

Access Magazine, June 10, 2001 was selected as one of
"The Best Sites On The Web" in the children's category.

Holt Literature and Language Arts, to be published in 2003 has been selected as a featured web site
in nationally distributed English literature textbook.


1990 Master of Architecture, University of California, Berkeley
1987 Bachelor of Arts, University of California, Berkeley

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