Profile

Isaac Southard is a second year Master of Architecture II graduate student at the Yale School of Architecture and will graduate in the spring of 2016.

Isaac grew up in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and spent years abroad as a child in places such as Costa Rica, Mexico, Pakistan and England. During this time Isaac developed a passion capturing the spirit of place through drawing and spent time photographing the blast furnaces of Bethlehem Steel. Isaac also dedicated himself to exploring the Appalachian Mountains where he would construct, in collaboration with three close friends, a treehouse village on Blue Mountain just north of Bethlehem. 

As an undergraduate, Isaac attended the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design at Drexel University.  During his senior year, he revisited Pakistan to complete his thesis project, Embassy Islamabad. Isaac graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Architecture Degree in 2011, receiving academic honors including the 2011 Michael Pearson Architecture Thesis Prize, 4th Place in the 2011 John Stewardson Memorial Competition, and the 2009 Drexel University Steven Izenour Gold Medal Prize.

Following graduation, Isaac taught several architectural courses at Drexel University, including a sophomore design studio, a digital-analog representation course, and second year architectural engineering design studios. At the Yale School of Architecture, he again pursued teaching as a Teaching Fellow for the 2015 undergraduate Solar Decathlon project and the 2016 drawing seminar. 

As a professional, Isaac has over seven years of experience as an architectural designer. While working for MGA Partners Architects, Isaac served as the project designer for a Student Commons & Resource Center at the Shipley School in Bryn Mawr, PA, and for the interior lobbies and dining hall of Morgan Hall at Temple University.

Over the past year, Isaac developed a design for a new commercial building in the Philadelphia Navy Yard at DIGSAU. Most recently, Isaac worked for Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects and with a small team to fabricate and assemble an eight-scale basswood model for a competition .