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Philip Benton

Founder & Lead Architect

Philip is a firm believer in better homes for all.

He believes that design should go beyond functionality: creating spaces that reflect our individuality and facilitate human relationships, both within the home and in the places between homes, which we call communities. 

Vellow Wood was founded by Philip in 2011, as an expression of these convictions and as a vehicle for raising the UK standard. The name was inspired by his own sense of rootedness, personal aesthetic, and connection to a family home of the same name in Somerset. 

The practice now works with individual home owners and larger scale developers alike, designing new homes and exploring new models for better housing and more effective communities. 

Philip is from Devon and but moved to Scotland to complete his postgraduate studies at the Glasgow School of Art. He is a chartered member of RIAS and ARB.

Philip is actively involved in broader Architectural and business networks that are seeking to make a difference to our built environment.

Some of his favourite architectural projects by other Architects include Nansledan, Portmeirion, and the Murphy House. 

Sylwia Sobkowiak-Kania


Sylwia qualified as an architect in 2010 and has developed expertise across bespoke residential and industrial regeneration projects, including off-site construction in structural timber.

She earned an MSc Engineer Architect degree in Architecture and Town Planning from Poznan University of Technology in 2006.

Sylwia carries out much of Vellow Wood’s technical design work, and has a long-standing interest in project information management.

Emilia Borowik

Graduate Designer (Part 2)

Emilia is a trainee architect with a BA honours degree in Architecture from Strathclyde University, and a further BA degree in International Business Management from Toulouse Business School.

She has an interest in Interior Design and has previously interned in Milan, Italy.

Emilia brings enthusiasm and client-focus to Vellow Wood’s creative design work, in addition to drawing work at a range of project stages.