Philip Erickson


Philip Erickson is a planner, urban designer, and architect with extensive experience in community and urban design, land use/transportation planning, site planning, street design, and architecture. The scale of his work ranges from the region to the detail of specific site and public space design. He is responsible for the management of multidisciplinary teams working for public and private clients on:

  • Regional transportation and land use projects;
  • Mixed use communities in the United States and Pacific Rim;
  • Transit-oriented neighborhoods and transit station areas;
  • Redesigning and revitalizing streets and their built context;
  • Public policy and program design for the implementation of smart growth and the New Urbanism; and,
  • A variety of public space and building architecture.

Phil's success in this work results from a commitment to working with clients to analyze their needs and identify creative solutions and designs to satisfy these needs. His approach balances a stakeholder consensus-building process with creative design and technical analysis. His experience in design, implementation, transportation planning, market economics, management, and community participation allow him to effectively work with and focus the efforts of multidisciplinary teams. Phil lectures throughout the country regarding land use and transit, complete streets, and green infrastructure. He has authored national standards for the integration of street and land use design.

Years of Experience

  • 28

Professional Practice

  • 1997 - President, Community Design + Architecture
  • 1990 - 97 Senior Associate, Calthorpe Associates


  • 1989 Master of Architecture, University of California, Berkeley
  • 1989 Master of City Planning, University of California, Berkeley
  • 1983 Bachelor of Arts in Architecture, University of California, Berkeley


  • 1993 - California Architect C23060
  • 2010 - Arizona Architect 51541


  • Member, American Institute of Architects
  • Member, Congress for the New Urbanism
  • Founding Member, Congress for the New Urbanism, Northern California Chapter
  • Advisory Council, Transform (formerly Transportation and Land Use Coalition)
  • Member, Institute of Transportation Engineers


  • 2011 CNU Charter Award Grand Prize Block, Street & Building Category San Francisco Better Streets Plan
  • 2011 California Chapter APA Award of Excellence Best Practices Award San Francisco Better Streets Plan
  • 2006 California Chapter APA Focused Planning Award - Emeryville Stormwater Guidelines for Green, Dense Redevelopment
  • 2005 California Chapter APA Comprehensive Planning Award San Leandro E14th Street South Area Development Strategy
  • 2004 Transportation Planning Award (FHWA, FTA, & APA Valley Metro Rail Station Area Planning & TOD Overlay Ordinance)