Speranza Architecture + Urban Design is a professional design office that attempts to bring people closer to understanding the changing phenomena around them.
Philip Speranza is an architect, urban designer and assistant professor in the Department of Architecture at the University of Oregon, where he teaches design studios in architecture and urban design, media courses in computation and data visualization and directs the Barcelona Urban Design Program. Speranza’s research scholarship and creative work explore the use of new geospatial design methods to understand small-scale social and environmental phenomena in urban ecological design. Speranza has published on this subject through diverse lenses including geospatial information and parametric design, on-site and off-site data acquisition, social interaction in Barcelona urban ecology, bike sharing and interaction design, air pollution visualization, adaptive urbanism and ethnicity, business fabric, place branding, time and architecture, and memorial design.
Articles and book chapters on these topics are published in the Journal of Urbanism, Journal of Urban Design, Architectural Design AD, the International Journal of Design Sciences and Technology, and presented at annual meetings of the Association of Computer-Aided Design in Architecture ACADIA, the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture ACSA, the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning ACSP, Environmental Design Research Association EDRA and the Industrial Designers Society of America IDSA. This research is actively tested through Speranza’s Eugene-based architecture practice that includes neighborhood planning design, plaza design, mixed-use developments, housing and previous public art works with Janet Echelman between 2001 and 2010 in the US, Portugal and Spain.
Speranza received his professional Master of Archtecture from Columbia GSAPP with the Award in Building Technology and a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Virginia. Prior to his independent practice he worked with Steven Holl, LTL, 1100 in New York and Carlos Ferrater in Barcelona.