As a chartered town planner, historian and international expert in heritage conservation, Philip Davies has been in the forefront of managing change to London’s most important historic buildings and places for over 35 years, most recently as the Planning and Development Director for London and South-East England at English Heritage.
He has been instrumental in transforming of some of Britain’s most historic places including Trafalgar Square, Whitehall, Hyde Park Corner, Kings Cross/St Pancras, the British Museum, Woolwich Arsenal and Bletchley Park, as well as across the government estate and occupied royal palaces. He has prepared national policy and guidance on a whole range of topics from tall buildings to conservation-led regeneration.
Philip devised and set up English Heritage’s buildings at risk programme in London as a result of which over 2,000 listed buildings have been saved from dereliction. He conceived and drove the Campaign for London’s Squares, which has seen over 20 of London’s most important squares restored to their original splendour, and pioneered English Heritage’s Streets for All goal to transform the public realm across the country. He was also responsible for developing English Heritage’s Heritage Economic Regeneration Schemes and War Memorials grant schemes.
Philip’s most recent books Lost London 1870-1945 and Panoramas of Lost London were published to huge acclaim.
His other works include Splendours of the Raj – British Architecture in India – 1660-1947, which was selected by The Times critics as a book of the year, and The Penguin Guide to the Monuments of India – Islamic, Rajput and European, the most comprehensive guide to India’s architecture and buildings ever written.
Philip is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society, a Trustee of the Heritage of London Trust and a founder member of the International Advisory Group of the Yangon Heritage Trust where he is advising on the conservation of one of the world's most important colonial cities.