SCI-Arc faculty Stephen Phillips received an honorary mention in the 2011 Bruno Zevi Prize competition for his critical essay, Toward Research Practice: Frederick Kiesler’s Design-Correlation Laboratory. Currently the Residential Postdoctoral Fellow at the Getty Research Institute and Smithsonian American Art Museum, Stephen Phillips investigates the methods and teaching of architectural design in an interdisciplinary environment, using intelligent explorations to explain how the laboratory, a space of convergence for historical, theoretical, technical and artistic investigations became, for Kiesler, the new paradigm of design-research.
With a view to developing and disseminating the teaching of Bruno Zevi and his method of critical and historical inquiry, the international competition held annually by the Bruno Zevi Foundation recognizes historical-critical essays offering an original analysis of an architectural work or theme, or an architect of the past or present.
Phillips teaches Modern and Contemporary Architecture History and Theory in the cultural studies department at SCI-Arc, and has received numerous honors, grants, and awards for his work including most recently residential fellowships from the Scholars Program at the Getty Research Institute and the Smithsonian American Art Museum, a Graham Foundation Grant, a Canadian Center for Architecture Research Grant, an ACSA/AIAS New Faculty Teaching Award, and an AIACCC Design Merit Award.
Phillips publishes and lectures on architecture, media, and technology internationally, which includes chapters and articles in Grey Room, ArcCA, Brownbook, Elemente, Thirty Four, Cold War Hothouses, Surrealism and Architecture, eVolo and a forthcoming article in the Getty Research Journal. He has taught History, Theory and Design at UCB, UCLA, SCI-Arc, CCA, Penn, and Princeton.