Phillip Hu, AICP
Principal Comprehensive Planner
Department: Economic Development
Department: Comprehensive Planning and Housing
Phillip became interested in urban planning after diving into historical maps and photographing the architectural layers of Boston’s Chinatown for a history course at MIT. He saw how intertwined our lives are with the cities and towns we live in, from our homes to our favorite local businesses. Phillip is passionate about uncovering what makes our cities and towns unique to help inform their future.
Phillip believes that communities, big and small, are at the center of planning. Planners act as a guide to help communities plan for their future and suggest creative solutions to resolve different community priorities. In partnership with local stakeholders, Phillip works to co-create plans for resilient and livable communities while showcasing each community’s unique sense of place.
Before joining SRPEDD, Phillip worked at the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) as a municipal planner and at Harriman as an urban planner and designer. At the BPDA, he designed creative workshops and introduced more face-to-face engagement opportunities. At Harriman, he worked with municipalities across New England, including residential design guidelines for Arlington and a cultural placemaking plan in North Adams. Phillip is excited to bring a broad planning perspective and a creative community engagement approach to Southeastern Massachusetts.