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Ben holds a number of patents for his revolutionary accomplishments in plastic engineering, beginning with the invention of his light diffusing optical panels and continuing to his current exploration of circular and cylindrical designs. His education and work experience as a plastics and optical engineer has given him the professional skills and scientific rigor to constantly explore and create dynamic and innovative approaches to public art. A born sensualist, Ben understands there is no better way to recycle plastic and glass than turning it into art that allows us to view the depth and beauty of light.
minnie phipps // artistic director
Minnie serves as the anchor and creative force for Ben Phipps Studio. As artistic director, she holds a unique understanding for the vibrancy and resonance of color and light. As the lead fabricator for Twin Lanterns, she manufactured 1500 square feet of recycled plastic filters while continuing to direct and inspire the installation of Ben’s first large-scale public project. Minnie can often be found saying “You cannot only create what is obvious“.
graham grilli // project architect
Graham has been an active member of Ben Phipps Studio for over five years. As project architect, he has acted as proposal designer, general contractor, project manager, design consultant, and even in-house DJ. He lives and works as an architect in Chicago, but is intimately involved every current project Ben Phipps Studio produces. Graham hopes that Ben’s approach to art will help influence the current dialogues between art, architecture, and science.
david riedel // architectural consultant
David has been affiliated with Ben Phipps Studio for many years. His contributions include design consultation, proposal renderings, management of fabrication, and project installation. As an original member of the Ben Phipps Studio team, David has an understanding of the work that few people in the architecture or design community could claim. David lives and practices architecture in Shanghai, China.
ingrid browning // photographer
Ingrid Browning has been documenting the work of Ben Phipps Studio for years. As an accomplished photographer, metalsmith, and writer, Ingrid understands the poetic necessity and clarity of well-documented work. Her inspired work as both a metalsmith, photographer, and writer can be found at ingridbrowning.com.