Program Director Phil Holcombe is a designer and educator who’s deeply curious about the relationship between design and learning.
As the program’s director, Holcombe emphasizes cross-disciplinary investigation, emerging technologies and entrepreneurial mindsets. He helps senior students develop product design theses that are elegant, useful, responsible and market-ready.
In 2010, Holcombe founded what would become Form & Faculty, an interdisciplinary firm that works with universities, schools and museums around the world to design physical environments, communications and learning experiences. Some of his recent projects include work with the Center for Architecture + Design, Columbia University, the Franklin Institute, Institute of Design at Stanford, Temple University and University of Pennsylvania. In 2012, Holcombe’s firm earned Certified B Corporation status, meeting the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability.
Further, Holcombe 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.