Skip Phillips

Skip Phillips SWD Master

SWD Master


Skip Phillips is one of the world’s most renowned designers and builders of custom swimming pools, spas and other forms of aquatic architecture. His design firm,, has been retained internationally on acclaimed and award-winning works of art for decades, and his attention to detail and high standards is second-to-none. His rise to public prominence first crystallized in 1993 when The Robb Report declared him “the world’s most influential swimming pool designer.” Since then he has received almost-constant coverage in trade magazines, television segments including multiple HGTV appearances, newspapers and prestigious national publications including Better Homes & Gardens, New York Times, Millionaire, Tycoon, Architectural Digest, and The Wall Street Journal.

In recent years, his high-flying profile has spread internationally through sources including Germany’s IQ magazine, Canada’s World’s Best, the Italian design journal Piscine Oggi, and by way of his live educational presentations in Italy, Australia, Bali and Germany. Many regard him as the world’s leading authority on vanishing edge design (his vanishing-edge program was recently accepted for Continuing Education Units for the Architectural Institute of British Columbia.) Phillips has provided expert witness services for over 350 construction defect cases and is regularly interviewed for magazines throughout the world. Prior to co-founding Genesis, Phillips was active with the National Spa and Pool Institute (NSPI), serving as National President and hosting the first Congressional reception for the pool and spa industry in Washington, DC in 1993.

Skip Phillips

Skip Phillips

Society of Watershape Designers Education

Level I Design School "1999"
Level II Design School "2000"
Fountain Design School "2001"
Hadco Lighting School "2001"
Drawing School "2002"
Rock & Water School "2005"
Pool & Watershape Construction School "2005"
Design Schools "2005"
  • Elements of Design
  • Measured Perspective
  • Basic Color Theory
  • Vocabulary of Architecture and Style
Design School "2006"
  • Creating Digital Presentations
Design School "2019"
  • Concept Plan Development