Phillip Tefft

Director The London Studio - Ralph Appelbaum Associates, London (UK)

Course: Museums


Phillip Tefft has planned, designed and developed museums, exhibitions, and cultural attractions with RAA for over twenty years. After developing projects in New York during the 1990s, he established RAA’s London studio in 1998, today comprising a multi-disciplinary staff of 35 designers, architects, artists, writers, researchers, and administrators.
As Director of RAA London, he has led the development of the award winning London Transport Museum; The Braid, the largest cultural project in Northern Ireland; the media-led UAE Expo in Shanghai with Foster’s and Partners Architects; the Culloden Battlefield Memorial Project in Inverness; and the renovation of 16 permanent galleries at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh, named the most visited UK museum outside London and winner of the Museums and Heritage Award for Best Permanent Exhibition 2012. Under his direction, the studio completed renovations to The Royal Albert Memorial Museum in Exeter, winner of the prestigious Arts Fund Prize 2012. He holds a Master’s Degree from the Columbia University School of Architecture where he was awarded the Kenne Fellowship and the Tadao Ando Fellowship to Japan. Mr Tefft is a registered architect in New York, a member of the Architectural Association in London, and the International Council of Museums. He has lectured at The AA, Central St Martins College of Art and is an External Examiner at University of Lincoln’s School of Art and Architecture.