Peter is a conservation architect based in Sydney, and since 1982 has been a principal of Orwell & Peter Phillips, a practice that has been active in architectural conservation since the 1950s. He has prepared conservation management plans for, and directed conservation work on, some of Australia’s most significant sites, including several properties in The Rocks and Millers Point, the oldest areas of European settlement in Australia.
Peter was a founding member and Chair of the Fire, Access and Services Advisory Panel, advising the Heritage Council of New South Wales on the application of modern regulations to historic buildings. He has served as a heritage adviser to government at local, State and Commonwealth levels, and has conducted numerous heritage training sessions for government agencies and the general public. Peter has degrees in architecture and building science from the University of Sydney, and lectures on conservation and heritage at the University of Technology Sydney. In 2011 he was elected a Life Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects for his contribution to conservation.