Daniel Phillips is a landscape practitioner, urban ecologist and assistant professor of Landscape Architecture at Texas Tech University. His highly collaborative research and design critically and curiously examines the performance and perception of marginalized urban ecosystems at multiple scales, from the gutter to the watershed. Current projects span many scales, disciplines, urban contexts and cultures, focused on topics ranging from the performance and perception of novel ecosystems in the American Rustbelt, to the informal wastewater networks of South Asian megacities. He brings a transdisciplinary evidence-based design approach to his teaching and research at Tech, with a focus on issues of urban water quality and the critical upscaling of experimental green infrastructure interventions.
He is the co-founder of Commonstudio, a collaborative creative practice between Phillips and land-based artist, Kim Karlsrud. This ongoing partnership employs a broad understanding of "commons" to create collaborative initiatives, interventions and installations exploring the complexities of places, urban ecosystems and their inhabitants. Their work has been awarded and exhibited widely, including in the Venice Biennale.
Phillips received his BFA degree in Environmental Design from Otis College of Art & Design and is expected to hold a doctoral degree from the University of Michigan's School for Environment and Sustainability (SEAS) in 2021. Honors include the Prince Charitable Trusts Rome Prize in Landscape Architecture (2014-2015), a Fulbright-Nehru Fellowship (2016- 2017), and a Headlands Residency Recipient (2017), among others.