The Firm

Fred Phillips Consulting (FPC) has a long track record of award-winning planning and design. Our work has been the subject of cover stories in Landscape Architecture and Restoration Ecology magazines. More recently, projects built by FPC have been featured in both film and museum exhibits at the Heard Museum, one of the most notable Native American museums in the United States.


Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area, including its Yuma East Wetlands project was used as a case study for heritage areas in Charting a Future for National Heritage Areas, a study published by the National Park System Advisory Board. Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area was designated one of the top 10 Heritage Areas.


Rural Futures Collaborative, March 2023. “For over two decades now, Fred has carved his own path – interweaving design, community growth and restoration together across large-scale projects throughout the West and abroad.”

azcentral, April 2020. “How a trickle of water is breathing life into the parched Colorado River Delta” by Ian James

The New Yorker, July 2017. “The Wall (of Reeds) that the Border Patrol Would Like to Tear Down” by Brian Barth

Ecological Restoration Magazine, December 2015 Issue. “Importance of Native Understory for Bird and Butterfly Communities in a Riparian and Marsh Restoration Project on the Lower Colorado River, Arizona” by Heidi Kloeppel and Fred Phillips

Etched Magazine, January 2015 Issue. “The Day We Set the Colorado River Free” by Rowan Jacobsen / photos by Fred Phillips


Outside Magazine, July 2014 Issue. “Open the Floodgates: The Day We Set The Colorado River Free” by Rowan Jacobsen / photos by Peter McBride

Orion Magazine, November/December 2014 Issue. “Down by the River: A riverbank restoration revives a desert city” by Rowan Jacobsen.

Arizona Highways, March 2012 Issue. “Revival Minister” by Jacki Mieler

Landscape Architecture Magazine, November 2009 Issue. “Same River Twice: A massive project returns diversity and health to lower Colorado River wetlands and suggests new definitions of landscape restoration” by Kim Sorvig

Ecological Restoration Magazine, December 2009 Issue. “Restoring a Colorado River Wetland” by Fred Phillips, Charles Flynn, and Heidi Kloeppel

Landscape Architecture Magazine, March 2000 Issue. “Dessert Passage: An ecological restoration on the banks of the Colorado test a young practitioners mettle” by Bill Johnson

Arizona Highways, November 2001 Issue. “Simple Canoeing” by Sam Negri

Purdue Agriculture Connections, 2001 Issue. “Grad makes trees grow and waters flow” by Tom Campbell

Natives Peoples Magazine, June 2000 Issue. “The ‘Ahamacave, Down the Colorado” by Fred Phillips

Restoration and Management Notes, University of Wisconsin, Winter 1998 Issue. “‘The Ahakhav Tribal Preserve” by Fred Phillips