Graduate Architecture

Posted May 16, 2019

Brian Phillips Wins National AIA Housing Award

Lecturer and alumnus Brian Phillips’s firm Interface Studio Architects (ISA) has won a 2019 National Housing Award from the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

His project, Tiny Tower, is one of two award recipients in the “One- and Two-Family Production Homes” category, one of 16 total recipients, and the only project in Pennsylvania.

Earlier this year, Tiny Tower won an AIA Philadelphia Honor Award in the Built category.

Tiny Tower unlocks the development potential of tiny sites, maximizing its modest 12’ by 29’ lot with a 1250 SF, six level home. Although it measures only 38’ in height, Tiny Tower is organized like a full-scale skyscraper. Linked by a strong core of vertical circulation, each level is similar in size and quality, allowing for flexible programming. With a kitchen at the lower level and tucked away bathrooms on upper ones, each floor is free to define live, work and play in multiple configurations. A folded plate metal stair set at the front of the building, provides a dramatic, light-filled circulation stack that affords surprising views inside and out.