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Getty “Overdrive” Catalog Features Essay by SCI-Arc Faculty Stephen Phillips

Faculty member Stephen Phillips, AIA, Ph.D. recently authored the “Architecture Industry: The L.A. Ten” article published in the exhibition catalog for the Getty's Overdrive: L.A. Constructs the Future, 1940-1990, edited by Wim de Wit and Christopher Alexander (Los Angeles: Getty Publications, April 2013).

In his review for The New York Review of Books, architecture critic Martin Filler writes "Of particular interest in Overdrive is Stephen Phillips's essay 'Architecture Industry,' which examines the so-called LA Ten, an informal group of young, experimentally-minded architects; Thom Mayne, who contributes a rueful foreword to Never Built Los Angeles, is today the best-known of them."

Phillips' article formatively investigates the cultural, urban, economic, and psychoanalytic relationship between architecture and industry in Los Angeles from the 1970s to the 1990s. It poses the impact of post-Fordism on the formation of a new "Architecture Industry" here in Los Angeles surrounding a loosely affiliated cadre of architects, the L.A. Ten, who were catapulted to fame through international media in the 1970s and 1980s. The essay features the built work of Frank Gehry, Thom Mayne, Michael Rotondi, Coy Howard, Studio Works (Craig Hodgetts and Robert Mangurian), Eric Owen Moss, Franklin Israel, Hodgetts + Fung (Craig Hodgetts and Ming Fung), Wes Jones and Neil Denari.

Phillips teaches Modern and Contemporary Architecture History and Theory at SCI-Arc and is design principal in the California-based firm Stephen Phillips Architects (SPARCHS). He is also coordinator of the Los Angeles Metro Program in Architecture and Urban Design, and Associate Professor of Architecture at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.

He publishes and lectures on architecture, media, and technology internationally, 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.

The Getty’s Overdrive catalog is available for purchase at the Getty Store and other major book sellers.