About Philippa Hurd

Philippa Hurd

I’m a translator and transcreator from German and French into English (my mother tongue). I translate scholarly works and all kinds of non-fiction, specializing in art, architecture, philosophy, economics, politics, social sciences and travel. I also transcreate sales and marketing material, which involves combining translation with copywriting and localization.


For over 25 years I worked in social sciences and arts publishing, commissioning, editing and sometimes translating books, often in collaboration with museums, galleries, arts organizations and international businesses. In 2011, I became a full-time, freelance translator.


I have a Diploma in Translation from the Chartered Institute of Linguists, an M.A. from Cambridge University in Modern Languages (French and German), and a Ph.D. from Cambridge University in architectural theory (Signs and Practices: The Work of Karl Friedrich Schinkel as an Architecture for the Nineteenth Century).


Based in Sussex, I also live for part of the year in Mazan, a small town in south-east France.

Books and Multimedia Guides


What clients say

“Vielen Dank, meines Erachtens ausgezeichnet übersetzt…”

Prof. Dr. Clemens Fuest

President of the Ifo Institute for Economic Research, Munich

“An excellent translation…”

Prof. Dr. Kai A. Konrad

Director at the Max Planck Institute for Tax Law and Public Finance

“La qualité de vos traductions est absolument excellente”

Alice Pialoux

Pavillon de l’Arsenal, Paris

“The text was tip top, and thank you so much for your wonderful translation…”

Dr. Petra Lange-Berndt

University of Hamburg



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