Stephen Phillips

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Position Assistant Professor
Phone 805.756.1316
Fax 805.756.1500
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Fall Courses 2012  
Winter Courses 2013 ARCH 420 Seminar in Arch History, Theory & Criticism
ARCH 452 Architectural Design 4.2
ARCH 480 Special Studies in Architecture
Spring Courses 2013 ARCH 443 Professional Practice
ARCH 443 Professional Practice
ARCH 453 Architectural Deisgn 4.3
ARCH 480 Special Studies in Architecture

Areas of Expertise

Architecture Design (Urban Design and Contemporary Digital Design and Fabrication)
Architecture History/Theory (20th and 21st Century Art and Architecture Design Theory and Criticism)
Architecture Practice (Active Residential, Commercial, and Institutional Building Design Practice)


Stephen Phillips, AIA, Ph.D. is principal architect in the California firm Stephen Phillips Architects (SPARCHS) with active residential, housing, and restaurant projects in San Diego, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. He has taught at the University of California Berkeley, the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), and the California College of the Arts (CCA). He is an Assistant Professor of Design at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, where he serves as an active member of the Executive Committee of the Academic Senate, Director of the Hearst Lecture Series, and Chair of the Academic Senate Instruction Committee. His design work in the offices of SPARCHS, MRY, SMWM, and WTA/TGH has been published in Architecture, Architecture Record, International Design, Sunset, and Home magazines; projects have received Honor, Merit, and AIA awards. His architecture projects and competition designs, including the T+M House (Zeit + Bewegung) and Spacescraper (SPARCHS) have been exhibited at Cornell University in New York City and the Museums Quartier in Vienna.

Professor Phillips received his BA with Distinction in Architecture from Yale University, and his MArch with the Paul Phillipe Cret Award for best studio thesis from the University of Pennsylvania. He recently received his Ph.D. from Princeton University School of Architecture where he received numerous awards including a University Fellowship and served on the President’s Advisory Committee on Architecture. His dissertation research titled Elastic Architecture: Frederick Kiesler’s Research Practice—A Study of Continuity in the Age of Modern Production critically examines the impact of 20th century perceptions of media and technology on organic design through focused analysis of work by the Austrian-American architect Frederick Kiesler, among others. Professor Phillips publishes and lectures on surrealism, automatism, temporalism and plastics internationally, which includes chapters in Cold War Hothouses, Surrealism and Architecture and a forthcoming article in Grey Room. He was a co-organizer of the recent Temporalism conference and exhibition in New York City and co-editor of the forthcoming Temporalism anthology.


B.A. Yale University, Magna Cum Laude, Distinction in Architecture
M.Arch. University of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Fine Arts and Architecture
M.A. Princeton University, School of Architecture, Program in History and Theory
Ph.D. Princeton University, School of Architecture, Program in History and Theory

Teaching Experience

California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, Assistant Professor, 2005-present

Ambition Laboratory: Fifth Year BArch Thesis Studio and Seminar
Dubai Now: Fourth Year BArch Design Studio
Accelerated Thesis Program: Fifth Year BArch Thesis Studio and Seminar
Morphology and Design: Fourth/Fifth Year BArch History/Theory Seminar
Biomorphology Laboratory: Third Year BArch Design Studio
Visual Effects/Animate Techniques: Third Year BArch Design Studio
Aerospaces: Third Year Design Studio and Practice Laboratory
Event Spaces: Third Year BArch Design and Practice Laboratory

University of California, Los Angeles, Visiting Assistant Professor, 2007

Elastic Architecture: Automatism and the Search for Organic Form: MArch/PhD Theory Seminar

University of California, Berkeley, Lecturer, 2004

Book/Space/City: Undergraduate Senior Design Studio
Fluid Lodge: Undergraduate Senior Design Studio

California College of the Arts, (CCA), Lecturer, 2004

Urban Time-Share: Graduate Design Studio; team taught with Bruce Tomb

Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), Instructor, 2004

Temporalism: Time-Motion Architecture: M.Arch. Elective Architecture History/Theory Seminar


Registered Architect in California, 1998


American Institute of Architects (AIA)
Society of Architectural Historians (SAH)