Philip J. Bona, AIA



Philip J. Bona originally founded Baucentrum in 1989 in San Mateo CA and has provided professional architectural and planning services to the private and public sector since 1974.  In 2007, Philip relocated to San Diego and joined the staff of the Centre City Development Corporation (CCDC) as Assistant Vice President for Architecture and Planning where he provided leadership as a member of the six person senior staff and supervised a team of 10 planners and administrative staff.  While with CCDC, he was responsible for managing the entitlement and permitting process for all new projects in the downtown as well as maintaining and updating the Planned District Ordinance, the Community Plan, and preparing various design guidelines, planning initiatives and requests for proposals.  He supervised the Centre City’s Downtown Specific Sustainability Guidelines, Urban Lighting Guidelines, the North Embarcadero Visionary Plan, Chair of the Downtown Education Taskforce, various park studies, and the Centre City Neighborhood Design Guidelines in support of the PDO and Community Plan. 

Upon leaving CCDC In early 2009, Philip reorganized his prior firm for San Diego as Baucentrum Urban Studio and his expertise continues to set the basis of knowledge for the firm.  His extensive planning, and master planning experience includes entitlements, CEQA review, hazardous materials environmental management plans, community planning, wayfinding, new town planning, resort planning, property reports, feasibility studies, Urban Design Excellence Seminars, California Redevelopment Agency Seminars, LEED for Neighborhood Design Workshops, and BIMStorm® San Diego Urban Visualization Charrettes. His architectural project experience includes community centers, recreational centers, a correctional facility, public parks, commercial/office, mixed use, light industrial and warehouse facilities, hospital and medical arts, historic preservation, theaters, retail, restaurants, primary and secondary educational facilities and college projects, and single/multifamily residential housing as well as the projects for the U.S. Postal Service, Navy, and Army Corps of Engineers.  Phil has worked with local planning and building departments in almost every community in the San Francisco Bay Area, Sacramento, Los Angeles, and San Diego as well as with SanDAG, the Port of San Diego, DSA, OSHPD and the State Fire Marshal. Philip has significant planning, public outreach, presentations, and design and construction administration experience and is expert at quality control and loss prevention techniques in all aspects of practice.


Master of Architecture, University of California, Berkeley, 1977

John K. Branner Fellowship Award, University of California, Berkeley, 1977

Bachelor of Arts in Architecture, University of California, Berkeley, 1975


NCARB - Certificate No. 28,288

State of California - C12382   1981


American Institute of Architects

Urban Land Institute

Lambda Alpha Int’l Land Use Society

California Redevelopment Association

AIA Committee on the Environment

AIA Urban Design Committee

Regent, California Architectural Foundation

San Diego Council Design Professionals

US Green Building Council

Port of San Diego Cruise Ship Advisory Com.

United GREEN /Future San Diego


LAI Recognition for Leadership in Smart Growth/ Livable Communities in California improving urban places thru sustainability

Presidential Citation from AIA San Diego for Outstanding Service to San Diego

Design Award of Merit from the American Institute of Architects San Mateo County for Excellence in Design for the Historic Renovation of St. Michael’s Hall, Belmont CA

Center for Livable Communities for Contributions to National Initiative

Presidential Citation from AIA California Council for the “Housing the Next One Million Regional Urban Design Charrette”

Recognition from U.S. Congressman to California Tom Lantos; State Senator 8th District Jackie Speier; and State Assembly 19th District Louis Papan