When a client has a vision, even if it involves working with a designer overseas or revising a project mid-construction, Phil goes the extra mile to make sure it’s done right.
As Project Manager, Phil visits job sites daily, troubleshooting any issues with subcontractors and regularly communicating with clients on decision-making, scheduling and construction updates. Every project has its own unique issues, and his expertise is in finding solutions to any problems that arise.
Phil earned a degree in architecture from the Illinois Institute of Technology in 2008, just as the subprime mortgage crisis crashed the economy and the housing market. Construction and architecture jobs were in short supply, so he spent his first few years out of school working with special needs children and taking nursing classes. When the economy recovered, he returned to architecture.
Phil joined Jeremy Lew & Associates in 2014. One of his favorite projects was an Oak Park home that started out as a 3-room remodel but ended up involving every room of the house. Architectural detail and designs were added to every space. For example, a tiny unused closet in the basement became a modern wine cellar. The side tables in the master bedroom were built in half-moon shapes with custom tops. In the master bedroom, a shower was installed with a barrier-free entry, and the microcement shower walls were color matched to the painted walls, creating an open feel and seamless transition. The custom kitchen cabinets were a fabricated, unique style not found in stores. The results were stunning, and the clients were thrilled.
“This is not just a job,” he said. “It’s a pleasure working here, and doing these projects.”
In his free time, Phil does amateur furniture building, listens to live music, plays guitar, golfs and snowboards.