The challenges schools face today are more complex than ever.

Instruction is no longer one-size-fits-all. Physical space must flex to accommodate a range of learning modalities. The stories we tell about our communities must cut through an increasing amount of noise. And more often than not our challenges are interconnected, making it difficult to solve one without considering others.

We've designed Form & Faculty to respond to this complexity in a way no other firm can.

It’s no longer viable to focus on one discipline, or even one at a time. We not only design communication, instruction, and space, we design how they intersect.
Rather than working with a broad range of clientele, we work exclusively with clients invested in learning, giving us unusually deep levels of expertise.
We recognize that no two challenges are alike. Our bespoke solutions respond to your specific needs, intended outcomes, and budget.
Form & Faculty has held Certified B-Corporation status since 2012, meeting the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability.

Our process is based in design thinking, a human-centered approach to problem solving.


We learn about you and your users through research and empathy.


We synthesize our research and document where problems exist.


We prototype a range of physical or digital prototypes that could address the problem.


We refine the strongest concepts based on feedback from you and your users.


We finalize, produce, and deliver a useful and compelling outcome.


We monitor and assess your outcome.

Principal & Design Director

Phil Holcombe

Phil Holcombe founded what would become Form & Faculty in 2010. He draws on experience as a trained designer and higher education program director, often working at the intersection of communications, physical space, and instruction. Phil has become an expert on the ways designing across disciplines can help schools gain a competitive advantage.

Phil serves as a Trustee of a Philadelphia-area high school, and on the advisory board of a school district's Innovation Lab. He holds a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design.


Garreth Heidt

Garreth Heidt is a design-minded educator who has taught for 25 years. His practice has always been based in the pursuit of answers to two driving questions: “Why are things the way they are?” and “How can we make them better?”

At Form & Faculty, Garreth plays a key role in curriculum development, contributes to design research efforts, and makes recommendations on the design of learning environments.

Garreth is a graduate of Temple University and holds a BA in English, an M.Ed in Curriculum, Technology, and Instruction, and a certificate in creative leadership from IDEO.

Our Clients

We work with universities, schools, non-profits, government & more

  • AltSchool
  • Bensalem School District
  • Bionic
  • Breaker
  • Center for Architecture + Design
  • Columbia University
  • Consortium for Mathematics and Its Applications
  • Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA)
  • Department of Making + Doing
  • Drury Design
  • Drexel University
  • d. School at Stanford University
  • EwingCole
  • The Fenn School
  • The Franklin Institute
  • Friends' Central School
  • Girls, Inc.
  • Girl Scouts of Virginia Skyline
  • Glen Urquhart School
  • The Haverford School
  • Hendrick Motorsports
  • Kid Made Modern
  • Mercy Career and Technical High School
  • The Moody's Foundation
  • Mural Arts Program
  • National Guard
  • Pennsylvania Department of Transportation
  • Perkiomen Valley School District
  • Proctor & Gamble
  • Parkhill, Smith & Cooper
  • Public Workshop
  • SALT Design
  • The Shipley School
  • Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics
  • Temple University
  • University City Science Center
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of the Arts
  • Westfield Friends' School