Stephen Mueller is a registered architect and founding partner of AGENCY, an award-winning collaborative design and research practice in New York City. Mueller and his partner, Ersela Kripa, are the recipients of the 2010-2011 Rome Prize in Architecture from the American Academy in Rome, and a MacDowell Colony Fellowship in 2009. AGENCY's work has been exhibited internationally, most recently through invited participation at the 12th International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale, Sofia Architecture Week, Eme3 International Architectural Market in Barcelona, and SUPERFRONT Gallery in Los Angeles. AGENCY was featured as part of Architect magazine's "Emerging Talent" issue in July 2011. The practice's speculative proposal for a new coastal urban infrastructure has been selected as winner of the ONE PRIZE, an international design competition for creating productive green space in cities.
Before founding AGENCY, Mueller held leadership positions in internationally renowned offices, designing and managing projects through all stages of design and construction, investigating and implementing innovative design technologies in several award-winning projects. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture with Distinction from the University of Kansas, and a Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University, where he was the recipient of the Lucille Smyser Lowenfish Memorial Prize and a Kinne Travel Fellowship for sponsored research in architecture and urbanism.
For dean Carmon Colangelo, drawing is both an expressive art and a daily practice. He discusses drawing, the importance of confidence, and the advantage of starting in the middle of the book in this Q&A.