ISA is an architecture office engaged in design and research projects in cities across the U.S.A. We work closely with project stakeholders to produce buildings, master plans, installations, and conversations that provide innovative solutions for our clients while productively addressing changing climates, lifestyles, technologies, and urban environments.
we solve problems
We think of design as radically pragmatic problem solving, where asking the right questions is as important as finding answers. Design problems are multifaceted – and we think that's a good thing. We see the many constraints on design imposed by a project's surroundings and stakeholders as productive drivers of innovation.
INNOVATING THE EVERYDAY
Big ideas and real-world constraints live side-by-side in our building and research projects. We are interested in working within the spaces and architectural programs of daily life, carefully examining projects large and small to find value in unexpected places.
STRATEGY OVER STYLE
We develop approaches that are flexible and strategic rather than static and prescriptive. We balance constraints on site, program, and construction with client requirements, budget, regulatory controls, market-drivers, and community input to develop fresh designs for the future city.
BRIAN PHILLIPS, AIA, LEED AP
KARA MEDOW, RA
COLLABORATORS AND ALUMNI
Taylor Burgess, Sean Canty, Daniella Castillo, Garian Cika, Justin Diles, Viktoria Diskina, Daryn Edwards, Morgan Ellig, Josh Freese, Stephen Giorgio, Christina Hefferan, John Johnston, Joshua Jordan, Erin Keith,Ryan Keerns, Kira Merdiushev, Patrick Morgan, Abdullah Muhammad, May Narisaranukul, Gloria Orfanos, Joe Piorkowski, Peter Rae, Ambika Roos, Lizzie Rothwell, Ceclia Roussel, Chanyang Shin, Kenneth Tang, Jenni Tarner, Cong Tian, Ryan Rebecca Wall, Andrew Waxtel, Meagan Whetstone, Alfia White, Angelika Wild, David Williams, Ching-Ching Wu, Lara Zeigler