Stephen Mueller is a registered architect and a founding partner of AGENCY.
Stephen’s extensive experience in advanced architectural construction, fabrication, digital design techniques, and urban research informs his design philosophy and approach. Through each project, Stephen works to leverage emerging technologies to articulate and project nascent modes of living.
Stephen has received numerous awards for his design work and scholarship, including the 2018 Emerging Voices award from The Architectural League of New York, the Rome Prize in Architecture from the American Academy in Rome in 2010, and residency fellowships at the MacDowell Colony in 2009 and 2013. Stephen was named a Fellow of the New York Foundation for the Arts in 2010, and was recognized as one of ARCHITECT Magazine’s Emerging Talents in 2011. Stephen was awarded a Cameron Visiting Architect fellowship at Middlebury University in 2016, and named a DISCREET Fellow in Residence at the Berlin Biennale in 2016.
Stephen has taught a variety of subjects in graduate and undergraduate university programs across the United States and abroad, including courses in architectural design, urban issues, and digital media. Stephen has directed graduate studios in original work and research engaging the growing ‘securocratic frontiers’, including the impact of the Keystone XL pipeline and the coincidence of military, energy, and security interests in a host of emerging territories throughout the American Southwest.
Stephen is currently teaching at TTU-El Paso, in a vibrant architectural program steps from the US-Mexico border. Stephen directs the Dust Institute studio, an architectural interrogation of transnational dust migration and its growing impact on life and the built environment. The studio speculates on the impact of migrational airborne particulates on the bodies, devices, and constructions that share the borderland.
Stephen holds a Bachelor of Architecture with Distinction from the University of Kansas, and a Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University.