About the Studio



Studio|Durham Architects is a full service architectural firm dedicated to working with clients in a highly interactive process. This allows us to fulfill program and budget priorities while maintaining a commitment to award-winning design.

Our primary goal is to conceive projects that are sensitive to their environment and context, embody a consistent attitude towards creating an architecture of lightness and clarity, and to utilize materials and technology in an innovative manner while maintaining a focus on environmentally-responsible building.

In addition to architectural design, Studio|Durham provides a wide range of design services that includes interior design; urban design; planning and landscape architecture; and custom furniture and objects.

A founding principle of our practice has been to work with non-profit and community organizations. These groups have included: The Gateway Foundation [Citygarden]; The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts; Habitat for Humanity St. Louis; Corner Science Stores, Inc., [a private science and math education facility prototype in Wellston, Missouri]; Bethany Place, [an AIDS social services organization and transitional housing facility in Belleville, Illinois]; as well as housing and commercial projects for various local church groups. These partnerships have allowed us to express our commitment to urban life, and implement plans with a greater social context.


Philip Durham was born in Providence, Rhode Island in 1961 and spent his childhood years living on Long Island and in upstate New York. Educated at Washington University in St. Louis, he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1983, and a Masters of Architecture degree in 1985. After graduation, Philip took a job as a project designer for HOK Architects in St. Louis. He worked on a variety of commercial project types throughout the United States, Mexico, and Europe, traveling extensively.

In 1992, Philip formed Rubio|Durham Architects with offices in Chicago and St. Louis. Since 2002 he has practiced as Studio|Durham Architects from an award-winning 1880’s renovated warehouse in an historic neighborhood of St. Louis. The 10,000 square foot building contains the firm’s offices, a loft apartment and an urban garden.

Studio|Durham Architects has worked on both commercial and residentIal projects throughout the Midwest and Eastern United States. Architectural licenses are maintained in Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, New York and Ohio. Mr. Durham is a member of the American Institute of Architects and the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards.


The Gateway Foundation / Citygarden

St. Louis, Missouri

The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts

St. Louis, Missouri

Bethany Place

Belleville, Illinois

William Shearburn Gallery

St. Louis, Missouri

Pond Studio / David Oakey Designs

La Grange, Georgia

Zumwalt Corporation

St. Louis, Missouri

Forsyth School

St. Louis, Missouri

Centro Modern Furnishings

St. Louis, Missouri

The Corner Science Store

St. Louis, Missouri



2016 First Place Winner, Commercial Space
2016 Finalist, Bath (less than 150SF)

2016 Finalist, Kitchen (less than 300SF)

2016 Finalist, Outdoor Living Spaces

At Home St. Louis  Magazine Architect & Design Awards

2015 First Place Winner, Commercial Space (Retail)
2015 First Place Winner, Kitchen (more than 300SF)
At Home St. Louis  Magazine Architect & Design Awards

2014 First Place Winner, Addition Project 
2014 First Place Winner, Remodel
2014 First Place Winner, Residential Exterior (less than 3000SF)
2014 First Place Winner, House of the Year

At Home St. Louis  Magazine Architect & Design Awards

2013 Merit Award in Residential Architecture
Central States AIA Design Awards

2013 Honor Award in Historic Preservation/Adaptive Reuse
Central States AIA Design Awards

Complete List of Awards




At Home St. Louis  Magazine, “Architect & Designer Awards 2016“, Spring 2016

At Home St. Louis  Magazine, “The 10 Most Beautiful Homes in St. Louis“, Fall 2015

At Home St. Louis  Magazine, “Architect & Designer Awards 2015“, Spring 2015

At Home St. Louis  Magazine, “Interior Design: Picture Perfect“, May 2014

Studio3  Magazine, “A Work of Art for Words of Art“, May/June 2014

Sophisticated Living  Magazine, “Classic Cool“, March/April 2013

St. Louis Business Journal, “Architects Live Their DesignsOctober 19, 2012

STLtoday.com, “ Vintage building provides light-filled space“, July 20, 2012

next-STL, “Unlikely Transformation“, November 30, 2011

Complete List of Publications

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