Philip Speranza

Class of 2002
Architecture, Planning & Preservation

Architect + Urban Design

Philip Speranza is founder of Speranza Architecture + Urban Design and an Assistant Professor at the University of Oregon.

New found ways to easily collect and visualize environmental data from a human scale are transforming site analysis from small spaces to larger communities. With this in mind, Philip has been testing the use of data acquisition workflows to produce human-scaled site analyses of social and natural phenomena at both dense urban superblock and exurban residential sites. His recent article “A human-scaled GIS: measuring and visualizing social interaction in Barcelona’s Superilles” in the Journal of Urbanism uses data acquired at the resolution of individual street addresses using forty-eight indicators in three-by-three block Superilles with urban ecologist Salvador Rueda's framework of urban sustainability. A recent article relating data driven design in practice and teaching titled “Atmosphere InFormed: Design Awareness of Small-scale Differences of Atmosphere in Architecture and Urban Design” received Best Paper Award for Environmental Design Research Association 2018. Other venues include the Journal of Urban Design, Architectural Design and Oregon Energy Trust Net-Zero Award.

The intersection of data and design has resulted in 260 Ferry Street in Eugene, Oregon, a four-story downtown adaptive-reuse, mixed-used project using a custom SA+UD sensor array to inform innovative cross-laminated timber design for passive cooling and communal spaces. Our office was awarded four of eight American Institute of Architects SWO four-year Chapter Awards in 2018. SA+UD does pro-bono work for the City of Eugene and Kesey Farm Artist-in-Residence.

Philip holds a Masters of Architecture from Columbia University, a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Virginia and has worked with Steven Holl Architects in New York and Carlos Ferrater Arquitectes in Barcelona.

Registered Architect in Oregon (6450), New York (023175) + California (30274).