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05/29/24 CLASS OF ‘24 SPOTLIGHT ON TERRANCE PHILLIPS

 

From Houston to Savannah to, now, Los Angeles, Terrance Phillips graduated with a Master of Architecture with a Certificate in Real Estate Development. During his time at USC, Terrance was involved in the Graduate Architecture Student Association (GASA), the National Organization of Minority Architecture Students (NOMAS), and SPACE, a student-run publication within USC Architecture. He also studied abroad in Paris, France through the Graduate Architecture Study Abroad Program. Through his final thesis, Terrance explored connections between architecture and Houston rap culture. He hopes to further create sustainable, innovative projects for residential, cultural, and entertainment development.


Learn more about Terrance’s journey.


Q: Tell us briefly about your background and why you chose your program at USC Architecture.


My passion for Architecture led me to USC to pursue a Master of Architecture degree. This passion is underpinned by my interest in art and design.  After I obtained my Bachelor of Fine Arts in Architecture degree from Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), I searched for a university such as USC that was well-regarded with a rigorous curriculum where I could grow personally and professionally. The USC School of Architecture provides an environment where barriers in the design process are broken, and innovation and creativity are nurtured and embraced. A university that is well connected with the architectural community was also important to me. USC facilitates that connection, which factored into my decision to enroll at USC.


Q: What is the title and short description of your final thesis project?


My thesis, "H-Town Flow: Flow in Houston Rap to Architecture," explores my cultural identity and the contributions to the southern hip-hop culture of my hometown, Houston, Texas. Addressing the criticism that rap culture is detrimental to architecture, rap culture serves as a concrete foundation for representing the group's social, economic, and political dynamics in life. Architecture can reflect rap culture by mirroring life through experiential art and design. The central point of my thesis is creating a transition piece that serves as a conduit connecting the Houston hip-hop culture to architecture. It's a way to elevate the human experience through learning. It's cultural representation, and it matters.


Q: What have been your best experiences during your program?


My best experiences at USC Architecture were my involvement in student organizations (GASA, NOMAS, and SPACE) and the Summer 2023 Graduate Architecture Study Abroad Program in Paris, France. These experiences have further strengthened my character in assisting students, meeting professionals from the architectural industry, and gaining immersive educational experiences from career and community events.


Q: What are you hoping to pursue after graduation?


After graduating from USC, my passion for architecture will open many doors of opportunities, including other disciplines that align with my unique and vast skillset in art and design. I'll pursue my future goals as a designer by creating sustainable, innovative projects for residential, cultural, and entertainment development.



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