Philip Thalis actively promotes the culture of architecture and city making though a variety of roles. He is principal of Hill Thalis Architecture + Urban Projects, a Councillor at the City of Sydney and Professor of Practice (fractional) at UNSW Built Environment.
Hill Thalis is recognised for its design skills and independent standpoint and has won more than 75 awards, commendations and competitions for architectural, urban, public domain and heritage projects across a range of project types and scales. Philip combines directing the practice with teaching, research and conference papers, public lectures and architectural criticism. The book Public Sydney; Drawing the City, co-authored with Peter John Cantrill, was published to acclaim in 2013. In 2016 Uro Publishing released Minomono #2 on Hill Thalis’ work.
In 2009 Philip was awarded the Institute’s NSW Presidents Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Architectural Profession (jointly with Peter John Cantrill), and in 2019 he was made a Life Fellow of the Institute.