Philip Christou has worked in partnership with Florian Beigel in the Architecture Research Unit doing architectural practice, research and teaching since 1985. He was born in Alberta, Western Canada in 1956. He began his university education at McGill University, Montreal, then studied Fine Art at the University of Lethbridge and The Nova Scotia College of Art and Design before coming to London to study architecture at the Architectural Association. He is a Diploma Tutor in Architectural Design working with Florian Beigel at the Department of Architecture and Spatial Design at the London Metropolitan University. He has lectured in numerous schools of architecture and participated in international conferences concerning architectural design in Europe and Asia. He has written a number of texts for international journals.