Stephen Phillips launches Ambition Studio at Cal Poly: a research laboratory for thesis students dedicated to Research Practice as An Ambitious Production.
“It is an exciting, if ambitious proposition, to make a serious contribution to contemporary architecture and the profession through research as a practice. Architecture is at once the study and investigation of historic and contemporary ideas through research—as well as the practical engagement of building through its manufacture and technique of construction. Buildings can be highly controversial as they perform the very basic acts of providing shelter and event spaces. They can incite discourse and debate by engaging popular culture, criticism, and politics through multi-media. Architecture is a robust profession of extreme ambition that participates meaningfully in global concerns through a wide range of contemporary rural, suburban, and metropolitan architectural acts.”