Phil Yagla was raised in a Virginia Historic Landmark plantation home and spent his childhood learning "hands-on" traditional building and restoration techniques from his father. He received his degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte's College of Architecture, where he also studied abroad in Spain, Portugal, and Italy. He trained at Bonstra | Haresign Architects in Washington, DC, and Cluck Design Collaborative in Charlotte, prior to joining Ruard Veltman Architecture in September of 2011. His passion for craftsmanship, history, and travel are important influences in his design process.
"Long ago I developed a great appreciation for the art of building and the importance of craft. Architecture provides me with the unique opportunity to explore both, while adding the extra challenge of satisfying each client's particular needs. I enjoy residential projects because of the direct engagement with the inhabitants of our work, and the reward that comes with exceeding their expectations."