Joe Phillips, AIA

Photo: Joe PhillipsJoe Phillips is currently the director of Smarter Buildings/Smarter Cities at IBM Global Business Services. In his previous capacity with Phillips Collaborative, LLC as CEO and project director, he brought a special focus to the recovery of capital resources through the development and implementation of sustainability programs for facilities and operations. Mr. Phillips concentrated on the enhancement of science and technology missions through expert planning and design of operation-critical facilities. His diverse background and experience enabled capital project teams to create, align, and apply the best ideas. Prior to his time at Phillips Collaborative LLC, Mr. Phillips was the health and science practice leader for Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, LLP (SOM) in New York. At SOM, he was responsible for general management and advancing innovation and design excellence for this respected international design practice. Throughout his career, Mr. Phillips has generated significant growth for firms serving healthcare and research organizations. He has been a leader on capital projects worldwide for prominent research and healthcare enterprises and has successfully executed senior management responsibilities over the course of his 20-year career with top architecture and engineering firms.

For 15 years prior, Mr. Phillips was a scientist and operations manager responsible for technology development and transfer for healthcare and science organizations leading to the establishment of several successful healthcare service ventures.

Mr. Phillips has been instrumental in the integration of sustainable principles into both individual projects and the practice of facility design for research. As an architect, former scientist and business manager, Mr. Phillips has the experience to quickly develop an understanding of an organization’s operations and mission-critical requirements. Through this lens, Mr. Phillips can identify and advocate the integration of sustainable elements without compromising obligations for safety, scientific integrity, and productivity. He has served on the U.S. Green Building Council's Core Committee responsible for the development of the LEED® Application Guide for Laboratories. He is a frequent lecturer and author on sustainable laboratory design and operations, focusing on financial returns and economic growth through the implementation of sustainable principles and systems.

Mr. Phillips completed an Master of Business Administration from NYU in 2009.