Brian Phillips

2011 Pew Fellow

1/7: Brian Phillips, 2011 Pew Fellow. Photo by Colin Lenton.
2/7: Brian Phillips, 100K House (exterior), 2009. Photo courtesy of the artist.
3/7: Brian Phillips, 100K House (exterior cladding detail), 2009. Photo courtesy of the artist.
4/7: Brian Phillips, 100K House (interior), 2009. Photo courtesy of the artist.
5/7: Brian Phillips, The Granary (addition proposal), 2010. Photo courtesy of the artist.
6/7: Brian Phillips, The Modules (exterior), 2010. Photo courtesy of the artist.
7/7: Brian Phillips, Skypark Condominiums, Green Roof, 2007. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Brian Phillips is founding principal of Interface Studio Architects (ISA), an award-winning firm specializing in multi-family residential and urban projects that employ green strategies. ISA has been identified by The Philadelphia Inquirer as one of several “rising design firms that see architecture as a weapon in the battle to stave off environmental ruin.” Phillips earned a BS in environmental design from the University of Oklahoma in 1994 and an MA in architecture from the University of Pennsylvania in 1996. His 100K Houses project, which involves finding high-performance and innovative strategies for designing and building sustainable homes for $100,000 each, won a 2011 National Housing Award from the American Institute of Architects. He also received a Pew Fellowship in the Arts that same year. “In light of recent environmental and economic crises, there is a real urgency for designers to take on the profound challenges of the present,” says Phillips. “I believe that creativity and innovation are amplified by limitations. I believe in the necessity for architecture to be broad and inclusive, while retaining a sense of precision and a deep understanding of local context.” In 2016, Phillips received a Center Project grant for Rowhouse Workshop, an exploration of the physical and social histories embedded in Philadelphia’s long history of row house development.


“There is a hunger for a conversation about process,” says dancer and choreographer Tania Isaac, when asked about changes in audience expectations.

On Monday, June 13, 2016, we announced and honored the 2016 grantees of The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage with a celebration at Christ Church Neighborhood House.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Elizabeth (Elee) Wood, M.Ed., Ph.D., is a practitioner and scholar in the field of informal and non-formal learning in museums and community settings. She served as a Center heritage panelist in 2012.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Sam Miller is the former president of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and currently serves on the Board of Amrita in Phnom Penh. He served as a Center dance panelist and LOI panelist in 2013, Pew Fellowships evaluator in 2014, and Pew Fellowships Panel Chair in 2015.

Grants & Grantees

Rudolf Staffel (1911–2002) was a ceramist and a 1996 Pew Fellow.

Grants & Grantees

Raphael Xavier (Pew Fellow, 2013) has practiced “breaking,” an acrobatic street dance style commonly known as breakdancing, since 1983.

Grants & Grantees

In 2007, the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 12 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 83 dance, music, theater, and visual arts organizations and practitioners in the greater Philadelphia region.

Meg Foley presents an exhibition of improvisational research and performance documenting up to 750 dances, which Foley performs on a daily basis at 3:15pm.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Independent theater artist Madi Distefano is the founder and former artistic director of Brat Productions, a company dedicated to “caus[ing] a stir.”

Questions of Practice

We asked the 2013 Pew Fellow poets to share samples of their work. Watch Jenn McCreary read selections from “Haunted Forest,” a passage from her recent book & now my feet are maps.

Lee is the publisher at Corollary Press and author of the poetry collections Underground National, That Gorgeous Feeling, and Solar Maximum, forthcoming from Futurepoem Press.

Pew Fellow Yolanda Wisher leads a workshop exploring creative reflection in conjunction with the Center-funded Elephants on the Avenue, presented by Historic Germantown.