Philip holds a Masters Degree in Historic Preservation and has extensive experience with building investigations, material research and construction methods. Philip previously served as the preservation specialist at the St. Paul Heritage Preservation Commission, and as a preservation carpenter for the University of Oregon. He has taught classes on historic building maintenance and historic building materials for the Midwest Preservation Institute and sat on their advisory committee. Philip teaches a graduate level course on Sustainable Design and Preservation for the University of Minnesota School of Architecture College of Design. In his Masters program, Philip concentrated on building construction and technology history.