Brian Phillips, FAIA is Founding Principal of ISA, and serves as Creative Director across all aspects of the firm’s work. He earned his MArch from the University of Pennsylvania and BS from the University of Oklahoma. He has lectured widely on urbanism, housing, and the work of ISA. Brian was awarded a 2011 Pew Fellowship in the Arts and was named an Emerging Voice by the Architectural League of New York in 2015. He is a Lecturer at the Stuart Weitzman School of Design, and has taught visiting studios at the University of Miami and Parsons the New School for Design.
ISA is a design and research office engaged with projects in cities across the U.S. The firm has leveraged the opportunities and challenges of its home city of Philadelphia to drive a busy, innovative, and thought-leading practice that takes on the complex context of the American city. ISA designs buildings, master plans, installations, and conversations that address changing climates, lifestyles, technologies, and urban environments.
ISA’s work has been featured in ARCHITECT, Architectural Record, DWELL, Metropolis, The Boston Globe, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The New York Times, and on NPR Radio. The office has won over 50 local, regional, and national design citations, including five AIA National Housing Awards, the AIA Philadelphia Gold Medal, and an AIA COTE Top Ten Award. ISA was named an Emerging Voice by the Architectural League of New York in 2015.