Tom Philippi Joins SmithGroupJJR as Design Principal at Dallas Office

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Tom Philippi, AIA, LEED AP, has been hired as design principal at the Dallas office of SmithGroupJJR, one of the nation’s largest architecture, engineering, interiors and planning firms. He joins SmithGroupJJR from Gensler, Dallas, where he served as design director for its Lifestyle Studio.

An award-winning designer with more than 30 years of experience, Philippi will focus on leading design and forging new, strategic business relationships for the office’s emerging Workplace Studio.  Additionally, he will collaborate with its Higher Education and Health Studios and work to identify new business opportunities for SmithGroupJJR in both the corporate and public sectors.

“Tom Philippi is a collaborative designer who believes in an all-inclusive approach during the informative stages of design,” said Jay Rambo, SmithGroupJJR’s Dallas office director. “His deep roots in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and understanding of the market shift towards ‘Live/Work/Play’ environments give him an in-depth understanding of how communities work and grow,” Rambo added.

Philippi’s professional background entails mixed-use, corporate, hospitality, retail, healthcare and master planning projects.  His diverse portfolio includes work across the United States as well as in China, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates. Some of his most noteworthy projects are the Grand Hyatt Shenzhou Resort in Hainan, China; the Capitol District mixed-use development in downtown Omaha, Nebraska; and the Legacy West development in Plano, Texas.

Prior to Gensler, Philippi was vice president and director of design for the Leo A. Daly offices in Dallas and Omaha, and principal designer at RTKL, Dallas.

Philippi received a Bachelor of Architecture degree at the University of Cincinnati. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and a LEED accredited professional of the U.S. Green Building Council. He is an active member of the Dallas Business Council for the Arts and the Urban Land Institute’s North Texas Hotel Development Council.

He is a resident of Dallas, TX.

SmithGroupJJR ( is the nation’s 6th largest architecture and engineering firm, according toBuilding Design + Construction magazine’s annual “Giants” report. The firm provides comprehensive planning and design services for both private and public sector clients.  A national leader in sustainable design, SmithGroupJJR has 436 LEED professionals and 160 LEED certified projects.