We cultivate a practice of leaders: a collaboration among optimistic, empowered experts.

Eric Phillips, AIA

As partner-in-charge of NBBJ’s Shanghai and Hong Kong offices, Eric Phillips oversees day-to-day business operations, business development opportunities and long-term growth strategy for the firm’s Asia offices. In addition, he serves as the firm’s International Practice Leader, Commercial Practice Leader, and a regional market leader throughout Asia and the western United States. In these positions, Eric helps guide NBBJ’s global practice strategies.

Eric’s expertise has been integral to the firm’s diverse Asia practice, where he has spent the last 15 years practicing in China, Hong Kong, Korea, Vietnam, Indonesia and the Philippines. His work includes the design of corporate headquarters, mixed-use developments, five-star hotels, high-end residential buildings and large-scale urban design projects. His leadership is defined by a command of design excellence and passion for high quality delivery. As represented in his projects, Eric approaches his work with a rigorous and collaborative design process to ensure client aspirations directly connect with high performance design outcomes.

In addition to his duties at NBBJ, Eric is an active participant in the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Urban Land Institute (ULI) and the Council of Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH). With a passion for mentoring the next generation of design leaders, Eric has also served as a visiting professor of architecture at Tongji University in Shanghai and adjunct professor of interior design at the Seattle Art Institute and Bellevue College. As an expert in corporate and commercial building types, Eric is a frequent speaker at leading design events, conferences and summits throughout Asia.


Buildings Week, International Architectural Roundtable, Featured Speaker, Toronto, 2020

China Intelligent Building Summit, Featured Speaker, Shanghai, 2019

MIPIM Prop tech Asia, Featured Speaker, Hong Kong, 2019

Cross Border Summit, Featured Speaker, Shenzhen, 2018

ZeroOne Tech Festival, Featured Speaker, Shenzhen, 2018

RICS PropTech and ConTech Summit, Featured Speaker, Guangzhou, 2018

WorkTech, Featured Speaker, Hong Kong, 2017

Big Data & Analytics Summit, Featured Speaker, Shenzhen, 2016

Construction Excellence: Prefabrication & Modular Construction, Featured Speaker, Singapore, 2016

Big Data & Analytics Summit, Featured Speaker, Beijing, 2015

Chief Strategy Officer Summit, Featured Speaker, Shanghai, 2015

WorkTech, Featured Speaker, Singapore, 2015

Mixed Use Development Conference, Featured Speaker, Singapore, 2015

Big Data & Analytics Summit, Featured Speaker, Hong Kong, 2015