Philip Babb began his architecture studies at the Georgia Institute of Technology where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1976. As part of his studies at Georgia Tech Mr. Babb studied at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris for the 1975-76 academic year. Mr. Babb continued his architecture studies at Yale University’s School of Architecture. Following his graduation from Yale with a Masters degree in Architecture in 1978, Mr. Babb briefly worked with the architecture firm Voorsanger and Mills in New York before joining Richard Meier & Associates in January of 1979.
At Richard Meier & Associates, Mr. Babb played a major role in several projects including the Hartford Seminary in Hartford, Connecticut and the Clifty Creek Elementary School in Columbus, Indiana. After becoming an associate of the firm in 1981, Mr. Babb became the associate-in-charge of the award winning High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia. For three years Mr. Babb led a team of architects, consultants and contractors through each phase of the High Museum project.
In 1984 Mr. Babb began his own practice in New York where he designed and oversaw the construction of a variety of commissions including residential, commercial and religious projects. Noteworthy projects include 113 Spring Street, a cast iron building renovation in New York’s Soho, the Wells Residence, a 6,000 square feet townhouse renovation and addition, 400 Fifth Avenue, a retail and residential development on Fifth Avenue and the Donovan and Green Offices, a two story, 25,000 square feet office interior.
In 1989 Mr. Babb was invited by Peter Eisenman to manage the design development and construction documents phases for Eisenman Architects’ competition winning Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio. With much fanfare, the uniquely designed convention center opened in 1992 and has since been widely published.
In 1991 Philip Babb moved to London to join YRM Architects and Engineers. At YRM Mr. Babb was the designer of several corporate projects including a prestigious office building in Edinburgh’s historic New Town. He returned to New York in 1993 to rejoin Eisenman Architects as an Associate Partner. At Eisenman Architects he led a team of architects to develop several European commissions and was instrumental in developing the performance spaces for Emory University’s Center for the Performing Arts in Atlanta.
In 1994 Mr. Babb joined Davis Brody Architects to lead a consultant team for the redevelopment of the Port Authority’s World Trade Center plaza and retail concourse. The project included over 500,000 square feet of renovation and new construction. After completing the commissioned design phase for the World Trade Center he reestablished his New York office in 1995 where he continued to work on a variety of projects including luxury single-family residences and commercial building renovations. These projects included a large private residence in Southampton, New York, a 150 unit apartment building renovation on West 50th Street and a 100,000 square feet manufacturing building conversion to offices on West 36th Street in Manhattan.
In 2004 Mr. Babb moved his practice to his home state of Georgia where he continues to work on luxury residential and commercial projects from his new Atlanta office.