Philip O’Brien brings passion to his projects for effective design, for the collaborative thought process, and for sensitive, achievable solutions. He has particular expertise in public library and municipal facilities design, as well as historic restoration and the adaptive reuse of historic structures. Since Mr. O’Brien joined Johnson Roberts Associates in 1997, he has held a leadership role in a wide variety of public and private projects.
Mr. O’Brien came to architecture through an early interest in construction and a wish to make things. He has a history in carpentry and masonry construction and chose Wentworth Institute of Technology for its hands-on, technical approach to designing buildings. These experiences have made him a leader in technical and constructability issues in building design.
Mr. O’Brien is a specifications writer and is experienced in programming, planning, and building fabric analysis. He is particularly knowledgeable of the requirements of Massachusetts General Law Chapter 149, governing public construction Massachusetts.
Mr. O’Brien is also the author of The Project Handbook, an in-house published guide, that Johnson Roberts Associates uses to help clients navigate the processes of a building project, from design through to construction. He also keeps a blog about the books he is reading and his thoughts on the future of public libraries.