Profile of Duncan Phillips

Duncan Phillips
Global Practice Leader | Principal

Duncan is our Global Practice Leader for Building Performance, heading up our talented pool of building performance engineers and scientists as they develop climate-responsive design strategies for individual buildings and masterplans. Our clients benefit from Duncan’s ability to solve tough building physics problems by analyzing air flow and heat transfer phenomena. These capabilities have applications in ventilation strategies as well as renewable energy. Duncan is a critical player in our efforts to both diminish buildings’ contribution to climate change through passive and low-energy design, and to design for future climate scenarios by increasing buildings’ resilience to extreme weather events.

Duncan is also the lead ventilation expert for Songbird Life Sciences, a COVID-19 testing and monitoring program to keep people and buildings safe.

A creative problem-solver and leader in the field of climate-responsive building design


    • Doctorate (Mechanical Engineering), University of Waterloo, Canada
    • Master of Applied Science (Mechanical Engineering), University of Waterloo, Canada
    • Bachelor of Applied Science (Mechanical Engineering), University of Waterloo, Canada

    • Professional Engineer, Ontario
    • Member, American Society of Healthcare Engineers (ASHE)
    • Member, American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)
    • Member, Technical Committee Member
    • Member, National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
    • Regular presenter at technical conferences

    • Building performance
    • Building resilience
    • Climate-aware design
    • Climate-responsive design
    • Design for extreme weather
    • Fluid and air flow
    • Heat transfer
    • Low-energy buildings
    • Master planning
    • Natural ventilation
    • Net zero buildings
    • Passive design
    • Thermal comfort