Phillip Mumford

Phillip Mumford

Phillip Mumford

Managing Director

– BSc Building Technology
– Member of CIOB

Phillip has 30 years of quality experience within the construction industry during which time he enjoyed a close working relationship with Cowan Architects for a decade with the design and build of a number of healthcare and residential projects prior to joining the practice as Managing Director in 2012. Starting as a Graduate Management Trainee with John Laing, his career progressed rapidly from Engineer through to Project Management with other leading organisations such as John Sisk and Bovis. Phillip then led and grew a successful, local construction business from a £12m to a £50m organisation with 80 employees in his role as Construction Director and then Managing Director. He then successfully launched and established a new business division for a large, multi-national AIM-listed construction company in London, before joining Cowan Architects.


Phillip’s varied construction experience includes both large and small projects. Residential experience includes mixed use developments, refurbishment of listed period properties, social housing regeneration and high spec individual homes. He has also been involved in the refurbishment and new build of a number of healthcare projects both acute and primary and care home. Commercial projects include office fit out, industrial units and minor civils. I addition, Phillip has been involved in the construction of over 40 schools, colleges and university buildings in both the private and public sector.

Phillip’s business acumen and wider construction experience brings added depth and leadership to the Cowan team as Clients benefit from the added value and insight his experience brings to the whole build process, from conception to construction and beyond. His background offers him an alternative perspective that architect-led projects sometimes lack as he can offer an understanding of both worlds, translating the pragmatic needs of the client into the visionary designs of the architect.

As well as being responsible for the Practice’s overall business strategy, Phillip places a high importance on client relationship management and pays particular attention to ensuring that Cowan clients receive the best service.