Philip was brought up in Le Havre, France and went to English boarding school at the age of 9. He met Gordon Taylor his first mentor at Brighton College who started him on a lifelong love of architecture and painting and sculpture . He went to Cambridge University to study architecture and quickly transferred to art school graduating from Chelsea School of Art. In 1979 he sailed that boat across the Atlantic with his new wife Alice. Shortly after landing in Florida he started working for Walt Disney Imagineering designing dinosaurs, rides and sets for theme parks. In 1988 he set up his own design company to work on museums, cultural projects and theme parks and he has been running that company since that time to the present. The firm designs works principally for the Asia and the Far and Middle East markets and is a specialist in technical design solutions including ambitious public art projects.