Kerry Phillips

Kerry Phillips, RA, LEED AP BC+C

Associate, Lake Flato

Kerry has more than fifteen years of architectural experience in a broad variety of project sizes and types. She has managed some of Lake|Flato’s largest and most complex projects with a focus on STEM facilities, overseen intense large-scale renovations, and demonstrated excellence in the design of vibrant environments for civic and cultural community projects. Her passion for creating environments that enrich communities has been integral in the design of many award-winning projects, including The Witte Museum in San Antonio, the Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston, and most recently the University of Pennsylvania Data Science building, Amy Gutmann Hall.

Amy Gutmann Hall, A New Home for Data Science for Penn Engineering

Penn Engineering’s Amy Gutmann Hall will serve as a hub for cross-disciplinary collaborations that harness research and data across Penn’s 12 schools and numerous academic centers. At six-stories tall, the building is on track to become Philadelphia’s tallest new mass timber building. This presentation will consist of a brief project and design overview followed by a panel discussion amongst representatives from the project team. Panelists will explore the decision to pursue mass timber, highlighting its benefits to schedule, cost, sustainability, and impact on occupant well-being, as well as the feasibility and accessibility of this construction type. The goal of this session is to educate, motivate, and inspire others by showcasing the ease, efficiency, and natural beauty of wood in the building’s design.