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Philip Speranza

Associate Professor
Phone: 541-346-8756
Office: 485 Lawrence Hall
City: Eugene

MArch, Columbia University, 2002
BS in Architecture, University of Virginia, 1997

Registered Architect: California, New York, Oregon

Architecture and Urban Design, Computation, Data Visualization

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 Summer 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 design.  Speranza has published widely 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 UrbanismJournal of Urban DesignArchitectural 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, Environmental Design Research Association EDRAand 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 Architecture from Columbia GSAPP with the Award in Technology and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Virginia. Prior to his independent practice he worked with Steven Holl, LTL and 1100 Architect in New York and Carlos Ferrater in Barcelona. He does interdisciplinary work with air pollution experts at CSIC in Spain and robotics in Barcelona, Portland and Eugene. Speranza applies these methods of small-scale spatial analysis in his professional design work as a license architect in Oregon, California and New York via Speranza Architecture + Urban Design. Their recent Push Pull House won both the 2016 AIA-SWO Colleague's Choice Award and 2016 Single Family Residential Award.

Courses Taught

ARCH 222 Intro to Computing
ARCH 610 Intro to Computing
ARCH 4/523 Media for Design Development: Parametric Places
ARCH 4/584 Intermediate Design Studio
ARCH 681 Introductory Design Studio

Selected Publications by Topic and Collaboration

Urban Design and Computation

Speranza, P. (2017) “A human-scaled GIS: measuring and visualizing social interaction in Barcelona’s Superilles”, Journal of Urbanism: International Research on Placemaking and Urban Sustainability, Vol. 0, Iss. 0,0, Pages 1-22, Published online: 14 Jul 2017.

Speranza, P. and Maher, S. (2017) Social ‘Coding:’ Urban Processes and Socio-Computational Workflow,” Proceedings of the Environmental Design Research Association Annual Meeting 2017, May 31-June 3, 2017, Madison: Wisconsin.

Speranza, P (2016) “Social Interaction and Cohesion Tool: Integrating Socio-Computational Design in Urban Ecology for Barcelona’s Superilles,” Session: Urban Knowledge in Architectural Education moderated by Jeff Hou and Joseph HeathcottProceedings ofAssociation of Collegiate Schools of Architecture Annual Meeting 2016ACSA, Seattle, Washington.

Speranza, P. (2015) “Using Parametric Methods to Understand Place in Urban Design Courses” Journal of Urban Design, Special Issue on Emerging Pedagogy, London: Routledge.

Speranza, P., Keisler, K. and Mai, V. (2015) “Social Interaction and Cohesion Tool: A Geospatial Analysis Tool to Develop Small Urban Planning for Barcelona’s Superillas” Computational Ecologies: Design in the Anthropocene, Association of Computer-Aided Design in Architecture Conference 2015ACADIA, October 19-25, 2015, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Speranza, P. and Maher, S. (2015) “Ethnicity and Parametric Urban Design: Survey and Coding Data for Geospatial Understanding of Food Carts and Trucks in Portland and New York,” Conference Proceedings for the International Conference of Connected Smart Cities, July 21-23, 2015, Las Palmas Gran Canaria, Spain.

Speranza, P. (2014) “Attachment’ As Agency In Off-Site and On-Site Indicators of Phenomena in Geospatial Urban Analysis Tools,”Design Agency, Association of Computer-Aided Design in Architecture Conference 2014, ACADIA, October 20-23, 2014, Los Angeles, California.

Speranza, P. (2014) “Open Parametric Tools Using Off-Site and In-Situ Data in Urban Design,” EuropiA.14Sustainable Places: Architecture, City and Information Design Conference 2014, October 1-3, 2014, Nice, France.

Speranza, P. (2013) “Parametric Places 22@: Smart Urban Analysis Tools and Place Branding Value,” Green Design, Materials and Manufacturing Processes- Bartolo et al. Taylor & Francis, London ISBN 978-1-138-00046-9.

Speranza, P. (2012), “Catalan Nation Building and Bottom-Up Placemaking: Placemaking and Barcelona Coastal Redevelopment in the 22@” International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments“The Myth of Tradition,” Volume 242, 2013 Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Working Paper Series.

Speranza, P. (2012) “Cities from the Bottom-Up: 22@ Planning, Small-Scale Cultural Interventions as Connectivity” CHANGE, Architecture, Education, Practices, Proceedings of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture International Conference 2012ACSA, Barcelona, Spain.


Social Science and Public Space with Karen Franck, NJIT

Speranza, P. (2015) “Time as a Medium, The Early Work of Enric Miralles,” Architecture Design (AD), Architecture Timed, edited by Karen Franck, London: Wiley.

Franck, K and Speranza, P, (2015) “Food, Time and Space: Mobile Cuisine in New York and Portland,” Ethno-Architecture and the Politics of Migration Edited by Mirjana Lozanovska, Routledge Press.

Franck, K. and Speranza, P (2013) “Remembering Those Who did Not Come Home: Challenges of Designing September 11 Memorials in New Jersey”, Recovering 9/11 in New York edited by Robert Fanuzzi and Michael Wolfe, 2013, Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Press.

Franck, K., Speranza, P., Jones, J., and Paxson, L. (2012) “New Jersey’s September 11 Memorials: A Lens into Urban Relationships” part of “Memorials and the Making of Meaning,” EDRA 43 Seattle: Emergent Placemaking: Proceedings of the 43rd Annual Conference of the Environmental Design Research AssociationACSA, pp 255-256, Seattle, WA.


Urban Interaction Design, UIxD with Jason Germany, University of Washington

Speranza, P. and Germany, J (2015), “Assembly, Space and Things: Urban Food Genome, Urban Interaction and Bike Share,”Enriching Urban Spaces with Ambient Computing, the Internet of Things, and Smart City Design, Co-Edited by Shin'ichi Konomi and George Roussos, Pennsylvania: IGI Global.

Germany, J. and Speranza, P. (2015) “Street Portals: User Interface for Bike Share,” Conference Proceedings for the International Conference of Connected Smart Cities, July 21-23, 2015, Las Palmas Gran Canaria, Spain.

Germany, J. and Speranza, P, and Anthony, D. (2014) “Public vs Private Space: Exploring Private Interactions in Street-Level Displays,”Industrial Designers Society of America 2014, IDSA, Education Symposium Proceedings, Austin, Texas,


Urban Computation & Design Lab, UD&CL with Marc Viader

Speranza, P. and Viader M. (2015), “High Resolution Air Quality and Urban Design,” International Journal of Design Sciences and Technology, Special Issue Europia 2014, EIA-14, Editors: Reza Beheshti and Khaldoun Zreik, Paris: Europia Production, Volume 22, No. 1, 2015.  (Previously presented at EuropiA.14, Sustainable Places: Architecture, City and Information Design Conference 2014, October 1-3, 2014, Nice, France.[2015]%20Paper%206.pdf


Place Branding

Speranza, P. (2015) “Place Branding from the Bottom-Up: Strengthening Cultural Identity Through Small-Scaled Connectivity with Cultural Entrepreneurship”, Harnessing Place Branding Through Cultural Entrepreneurship co-edited by Frank Go, Arja Lemmetyinen and Ulla Hakala, London: Palgrave MacMillan.

Speranza, P. and Prager, B (2015), “Business fabric and Place, a Methodology to Measure Business Identity in Barcelona’s New Superilles” City Branding Campaigns and Methods for Promoting Tourist Destinations, Co-Edited by Can Usley and Ahmet Bayraktar, Pennsylvania: IGI Global.