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ABOUT pHdesign

pHdesign was founded in 2008 in a small space in the Brooklyn Navy Yard and has grown into a Lower Manhattan office near the South Street Seaport.  The project types have also grown from small kitchen and bathroom renovations to include single family houses, condos, coops and mixed use projects. The firm focuses on the reuse of existing buildings while incorporating sustainable building practices and now includes the design of two Passive House projects - a ground up home in northern Michigan, and an EnerPHit project in Jersey City.


Anthony and Hilary met in their first architecture studio at the University of Michigan and married a year after graduation. They have collaborated on numerous projects over the years including contributions to publications, competitions, and the renovation of their own homes in Brooklyn and Jersey City (which have both been featured in Apartment Therapy).  


Their full service New York-based architecture practice is focused on design that balances a response to unique existing conditions with modern interventions that meet individual owners’ needs.  pHdesign pursues a collaborative design approach to every project, working closely with clients, designers, landscape architects, engineers, consultants and contractors.  


Hilary Padget was born in London and grew up in Kansas where she attended the University of Kansas and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art History with a focus on painting and illustration. She was an honors scholar and recipient of numerous academic awards.  


Prior to graduation, Hilary attended The Prince of Wales’s Institute of Architecture foundation course in London where she received a Diploma of Architecture and Building Arts from the University of Wales. It was during this course that Hilary decided to pursue architecture and worked as an intern for Brill and Owen Architects before returning to the United States where she attended the University of Michigan and received her Masters of Architecture Degree in 2001.  


Upon graduation, Hilary worked in Chicago at Ross Barney Architects, in Houston at Gensler and Paris at Architecture Studio.  Hilary relocated to New York City in 2005 where she managed a variety of retail and high end residential projects for Jaklitsch/Gardner Architects and Sawyer Berson as an associate.


Hilary has also worked as a Preservationist for the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission where she ushered building owners through the permitting process for many distressed properties and buildings seeking to achieve the Passive House standard.  She has also worked as a construction manager for Taconic Builders and has worked with many sub-contractors in New York City.  


Hilary is a member of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, and is currently registered to practice architecture in New York and Michigan.  She is a graduate of the Columbia University’s RESTORE course for masonry conservation and has attended numerous Passive House Academy training sessions.  She is a Certified Passive House Designer, a member of New York Passive House and New Jersey Passive House, and a LEED accredited professional.

Anthony Harrington is a native of Michigan and attended the University of Michigan where he received a Bachelors of Science in Architecture in 2000. Anthony worked on a range of high rise and residential projects for DeStefano Partners and Grunsfeld Shafer Architects in Chicago prior to attending Rice University in Houston where he received his Master of Architecture degree.


Upon graduation, Anthony moved to New York City where he managed residential projects and a recording studio in New York and Vermont at Ryall Porter Architects (later Ryall Porter Sheridan Architects) prior to founding pHdesign.  He is a former Adjunct Instructor at the College of Architecture and Design at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, and the School of Architecture and Design at the New York Institute of Technology.


Anthony is a member of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, and is currently registered to practice architecture in New York, New Jersey, Illinois, Michigan, Florida and Texas.  He is a Certified Passive House Designer, a LEED Accredited Professional, and a member of New York Passive House and New Jersey Passive House.

Hilary Padget RA CPHD LEED AP


Anthony Harrington RA CPHD LEED AP



Justin R Taylor




Jasmine Wright



Nevin Ounpuu-Adams


past staff have included:

Nimet Anwar, Tony Chacon, Claire Chalifour, Gabrielle Clune, Will Conner, Carley Elliott, Guillermo Garza, Kulsoom Katel, Da Li, Jesse Liaw, Maksymilian Mamak, Maja Mrdalj, Chit Yee Ng, Eugene O'Callaghan, Naomi Patel, Catherine Pyenson, Matthew Radune, Eric Ratkowski, Emmanuelle Thion, Liliana Torres, Yingyang Zhou

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