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15 Young Firms to Watch: Interface Studio Architects, Philadelphia

15 Young Firms to Watch: Interface Studio Architects, Philadelphia

  • Interface Studio Architects principals Daryn Edwards and Brian Phillips.

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    Interface Studio Architects principals Daryn Edwards and Brian Phillips.

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    Colin Lenton

    Interface Studio Architects principals Daryn Edwards and Brian Phillips.

  • The Modules stacks 72 prefabricated stick-framed apartment units atop a concrete and steel plinth.

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    The Modules stacks 72 prefabricated stick-framed apartment units atop a concrete and steel plinth.

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    Sam Oberter

    The Modules stacks 72 prefabricated stick-framed apartment units atop a concrete and steel plinth.

  • Designed as student housing, The Modules includes a green roof and a bicycle garage.

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    Designed as student housing, The Modules includes a green roof and a bicycle garage.

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    Designed as student housing, The Modules includes a green roof and a bicycle garage.

  • After winning an AIA National Housing Award for its 100K House, Interface Studio has adapted the design for multi-unit production.

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    After winning an AIA National Housing Award for its 100K House, Interface Studio has adapted the design for multi-unit production.

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    Sam Oberter

    After winning an AIA National Housing Award for its 100K House, Interface Studio has adapted the design for multi-unit production.

  • A collaborative effort with Postgreen Homes, Interface Studios production housing focuses on the green, affordable, urban infill market.

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    A collaborative effort with Postgreen Homes, Interface Studios production housing focuses on the green, affordable, urban infill market.

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    Sam Oberter

    A collaborative effort with Postgreen Homes, Interface Studio’s production housing focuses on the green, affordable, urban infill market.

  • The Granary proposal perches a 12-story apartment tower atop an historic grain storage facility, reusing its existing silos for an indoor climbing wall, a rainwater cistern, and an art gallery.

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    The Granary proposal perches a 12-story apartment tower atop an historic grain storage facility, reusing its existing silos for an indoor climbing wall, a rainwater cistern, and an art gallery.

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    The Granary proposal perches a 12-story apartment tower atop an historic grain storage facility, reusing its existing silos for an indoor climbing wall, a rainwater cistern, and an art gallery.

 

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In practice for less than eight years, Interface Studio has racked up an impressive list of accolades, including a 2011 AIA National Housing Award for its urban, green, and economical 100K House. Partners Brian Phillips, AIA, LEED AP, and Daryn Edwards, AIA, LEED AP, also have established an unusually ambitious reach for their firm. Their design practice focuses on urban residential and mixed-use projects. “But it’s not just about designing buildings,” Phillips says. “It’s curating exhibits, teaching, doing research, getting grants.” In 2011, the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage awarded Phillips a fellowship, which has allowed Interface to enter a number of design competitions “that let us work on different building types and in different ways than we’d be able to do with client work.”

While the firm’s existing body of work shows a precocious confidence with both form and method, its competition entries—including a mid-rise housing project for New Orleans, a flamboyant mixed-use parking garage for Hong Kong, and an urban precinct design for Croatia—offer glimpses of even greater things to come. And the partners’ expansive definition of practice promises to lend stability to the firm while spreading the wealth of their talent within the profession and the community.

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years in practice: 7 / projects completed in 2011: 4 / firm size: 5 / areas of interest: single-family, multifamily, mixed-use / portrait: Colin Lenton