Phil Holcombe is a designer and educator deeply curious about the relationship between design and learning.
As Program Director of Industrial Design, Phil places an emphasis on cross-disciplinary investigation, emerging technology, and entrepreneurial mindsets. He can often be found working with seniors to develop their capstone declarations into elegant, useful, market-ready products and services.
In 2010, Phil founded PlusUs, an interdisciplinary firm that designs human-centered learning solutions for the problems and purposes of the present. He has worked with universities, schools, and museums around the world to design physical environments, communications, and learning experiences. Some of his recent projects include work with University of Pennsylvania, The Franklin Institute, the Institute of Design at Stanford, Columbia University, EwingCole, Parkhill, Smith & Cooper, and The Center for Architecture + Design. In 2012, PlusUs earned Certified B-Corporation status, meeting the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability.
Phil has played a meaningful role in shaping the storytelling and communications efforts of The Charter High School for Architecture and Design, where he serves as a Trustee and Chair of the Marketing and Communications Committee.
Phil earned a BFA with honors from the Rhode Island School of Design.