Phil Kaplan Principal
Born and raised in Baltimore, Phil attended Boston University, received his B.Arch. (with Psychology Minor) from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh in 1991, and moved to Maine in 1997. He is a Registered Architect, a member of the AIA and a LEED Accredited Professional. He has practiced all phases of architecture, design and some general contracting, with projects throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic.
He is also a co-founder of the Portland Society of Architects, a community design advocacy group in Portland, Maine. The program he founded with the PSA in 2006, "10-Minute Architect", gathers architects together twice a year to provide free services for community members in order to demystify the process of working with an architect and give back to the city.
With a design + building science bent, Phil's ‘edutainment' podcast, Green Architects' Lounge, is a topical blog on the website, Green Building Advisor. Occasionally featured on Fine Homebuilding's email feed, the podcast is attracting a national following.
Phil has served as exhibition juror and guest critic, as well as Adjunct Professor of Architecture at the University of Maine at Augusta, and Deep Energy Retrofit teacher at the Yestermorrow School. He has served on the board of directors of the Holocaust and Human Rights Center in Augusta, Maine and as Co-curator of a traveling exhibition for the internationally recognized Center For Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, Maine called Getting Personal: Maine Architects Design Furniture.
He is a resident of Falmouth, Maine and has stayed active in his community by serving on the Green Ribbon Commission and Facilities Planning Committee. He served as general contractor on and currently lives in "Barn Door's Open" (featured on the Projects page of our website) with his wife, Masey, and his 2 sons, Owen (11) and Satchel (8). When not working or spending time with his family, Phil enjoys biking, being near - or in - just about any body of water, DJing for whoever will listen, and pitifully reminiscing about his long-gone glory days as a lacrosse star.