BplusU uses technology and research in combination with hands-on design and their projects are often informed by the mapping and transforming of imperceptible forces using sonograms. BplusU has developed analytic and generative software that has allowed them to implement their theories into three dimensional form. BplusU is on a continuous mission to research and experiment with new technologies, building materials and construction techniques using 3-d technology and manufacturing techniques, often from outside of the architectural profession.
BplusU has worked on projects nationwide and abroad and is currently working on a variety of projects including City Futura – an urban development project for Milan, Italy (2030); a housing development in the United Arab Emirates; Soundcloud – an event structure in Downtown Los Angeles; the recently completed Frank/Kim residence in Pasadena and others. BplusU’s work has been widely published in magazines and books, including the recently released monograph of their work, Vectorfields. Their work was recently exhibited at the 12th Architecture Biennale in Venice, the A+D museum in Los Angeles, the Milan Stadtkrone show, in Milan, Italy; at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna; and at the CCRD in Hollywood, California.
Stephen Phillips, AIA, Ph.D. is Coordinator of the Los Angeles Metro Program in Architecture and Urban Design and Associate Professor of Architecture at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo; he is Design Principal in the California based firm Stephen Phillips Architects (SPARCHS). Phillips 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 inthe Getty Research Journal. He has taught History, Theory and/or Design at UCB, UCLA, SCI-Arc, CCA, Penn, and Princeton. He recently completed his dissertation at Princeton University School of Architecture on the formative research practice of Austrian-American architect Frederick Kiesler, and is the author and editor of Studio Ambition,Research Practice Symposium, and the forthcoming books Elastic Architecture: Frederick Kiesler’sDesign Research Experiments and New LA Schools: A Site of Massive Change.