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Profile: Michael Phillips

Name: Michael Phillips
Job title and company: Principal and President of Jamestown, L.P.

What are you working on now?
Innovative office and multifamily residential strategies and the evolution of the food spaces.


Image: Boston Design Center, photographed for Jamestown. Credit: Caitlin Cunningham.

How do (or how did you) you explain to your mom what you do for a living?
Creating and reinforcing built communities.

What inspired you today? 
A 77 year-old book seller named Gene Posman and his commitment to selling books successfully in the age of electronics.

What architectural buzzword would you kill?
Piloti.


Image: Boston Design Center (interior), photographed for Jamestown. Credit: Caitlin Cunningham.

When you’re working, do you discuss or exchange ideas with your colleagues?
Yes of course, but it’s also important to incubate ideas in my mind first.

What are you reading?
The River of Doubt, Theodore Roosevelt’s Darkest Journey, by Candice Millard.

Has your career taken you anywhere you didn’t expect?
Latin America.


Image: PCM-Central Food Hall. Credit: Sarah Dorio.

Can design save the world?
I hope so.

Who or what deserves credit for your success? 
Early investors and supporters who spoke the same language I did and grit, determination, and passion for building beautiful, profitable things.

If you could give the you-of-10-years-ago advice, what would it be? 
Embrace the mainstream.


Image: PCM-North Ave Facade. Credit: Sarah Dorio.

Your favorite Boston-area structure?  
The Boston Harbor and its islands.

Who would you like the BSA to interview next? 
Carmencita Bua from Continuum. I think she is really interesting.