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.

PEOPLE


BRIAN PHILLIPS, AIA, LEED AP
PRINCIPAL
brian@is-architects.com

DEB KATZ, LEED AP
PRINCIPAL / CAMBRIDGE STUDIO DIRECTOR
deb@is-architects.com

KARA MEDOW, RA
PHILADELPHIA STUDIO DIRECTOR
kara@is-architects.com

JASON JACKSON
SENIOR DESIGNER
jason@is-architects.com

ALEXANDRA GAUZZA, LEED AP
SENIOR DESIGNER
alex@is-architects.com

PAT CORRIGAN
DESIGNER
pat@is-architects.com

MATTHEW UNDERWOOD
DESIGNER
matt@is-architects.com

CHRIS MULFORD
DESIGNER
chris@is-architects.com

LILY WUBESHET
DESIGNER
lily@is-architects.com

KRISTIN LANGFORD
OFFICE MANAGER
kristin@is-architects.com

 

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, Ricardo Hernandez-Perez, Matt Huffman, John Johnston, Joshua Jordan, Erin Keith,Ryan Keerns, Julia Lindren, Kira Merdiushev, Patrick Morgan, Abdullah Muhammad, Chris Mulford, May Narisaranukul, Michael O'Neill, Gloria Orfanos, Joe Piorkowski, Peter Rae, Ambika Roos, Lizzie Rothwell, Ceclia Roussel, Chanyang Shin, Kenneth Tang, Jenni Tarner, Juan Tejedor, Cong Tian, Ryan Rebecca Wall, Andrew Waxtel, Meagan Whetstone, Alfia White, Angelika Wild, David Williams, Ching-Ching Wu, Elizabeth Young, Lara Zeigler