In my study of sociology, which complements and informs my work in architecture, I came to appreciate that design is a dicey undertaking – that the objects and spaces we design de facto constrain, oblige, allow, coerce, proscribe, and alter the behaviors of the people who use and occupy them, often in ways not anticipated. Architecture is not something to be read; it is not, to borrow the words of Kenneth Frampton, an exercise in “enriching the surface of things with distracting iterations.” It is a venue – the functional, social, physiological, and psychological implications and meanings of which are necessarily mediated in the process of designing and in the course of time.
Jonathan Phillips was born in Heidelberg in 1975. He worked and consulted on behalf of architects and developers in New York, Istanbul, Austin, and Linz, as well as undertook numerous independent architectural, graphic design, and academic projects before opening his own practice, Tornavida Design, in Istanbul in 2012.
Jonathan earned a Bachelor of Plan II Liberal Arts and of Architecture, both with honors, from the University of Texas in 1998, where he studied under Professors Gerlinde Leiding, Jun Watanabe, Robert Renfro, and Danilo Udovički-Selb. From 2000 to 2004, he was a Paul F. Lazarsfeld Fellow at Columbia University in New York City, during which time he studied under Peter Bearman, Harrison White, and Kenneth Frampton and earned a Master of Arts and a Master of Philosophy in Sociology. He was awarded an Annette Kade travel grant to conduct research at the Bauhaus Dessau and the Bauhaus-Archiv in the summers of 2002 and 2003, the end result of which was a thesis on the notion of "relevance" in architecture. In 2010, his article “MacGuffin’ behind the Curtain: Interindividual Explanations of Innovation in Architecture” was published in the bilingual, peer-reviewed Candide: Journal for Architectural Knowledge out of RWTH Aachen.
For further information, Jonathan's curriculum vitæ and a list of selected projects are available for download.
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