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The Dallas Architecture Forum Presents

Acclaimed Architect

Thomas Phifer

At the Horchow Auditorium, Dallas Museum of Art

The Dallas Architecture Forum is pleased to continue its 2018-2019 lecture season with acclaimed architect Thomas Phifer, Founding Principal of Thomas Phifer and Partners in New York City. Among his many esteemed design projects are the Klyde Warren Park Pavilion and Savor Restaurant in Dallas, the Brochstein Pavilion at Rice University, the Corning Museum of Glass, and the just-opened Pavilions for the Glenstone Foundation in Potomac, Maryland. Phifer was also the Design Architect for the team that completed the Rachofsky House, a Dallas icon of architecture and art.

Thomas Phifer is widely admired for buildings that relate poetically to both the natural and human ecologies of their sites; that employ advanced technologies and modes of construction to create the appropriate architectural forms, spaces, and effects; and that transform their communities by suggesting the sublime.

Phifer employs deceptive simplicity in a variety of building types, ranging from corporate headquarters and university buildings, to residences and buildings for art. His firm has designed notable public and private buildings across the United States. Among these are an ambitious new building and 164-acre campus for the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh; restoration and revitalization of the historic Castle Clinton at the Battery, a Lower Manhattan Federal Monument for which Phifer created a radical new addition for performing arts presentations; The United States Federal Courthouse in Salt Lake City, Utah, which brings challenging new architecture to the city’s historic district; and a number of high-profile, private residential commissions. Thomas Phifer and Partners was chosen by the Mayor’s Office of New York City to redesign the streetlights of the city.

Thomas Phifer and Partners has received three Design Excellence awards from the General Services Administration and more than 20 honor awards from the American Institute of Architects, as well as numerous national and international citations. His projects have been published and exhibited extensively in the United States and overseas. A monograph on the work of Thomas Phifer and Partners was released in 2010 by Skira Rizzoli.

Thomas Phifer is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. He has received the prestigious Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome and was awarded the Medal of Honor from the New York Chapter of the AIA. In 2011, he was elected as an Academician of the National Academy of Design, and in 2013, he received the Arts and Letters Award in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Thomas Phifer has served as a visiting professor at numerous architecture schools, and is currently appointed as the Louis I. Kahn Visiting Professor of Architectural Design at the Yale School of Architecture. He received his BA and MA degrees in Architecture from Clemson University.

www.thomasphifer.com

Additional Media Coverage: Architectural Digest, Architectural Record, Architect Magazine

Architectural Digest

http://bit.ly/2NLLGwK

Architectural Record

https://www.architecturalrecord.com/articles/13632-glenstone-museum-by-thomas-phifer-and-partners

Architect Magazine

http://www.architectmagazine.com/exhibitions/everything-is-illuminated_2.aspx

“Thomas Phifer is deeply committed to connecting people in man-made environments to their natural surroundings through a keen use of the effects of light within a deceptively simple yet elegant design,” stated Forum Executive Director Nate Eudaly. “His widely celebrated and vast experience spans every scale of design and construction from large public institutions to personal residences.”

Phifer will speak on Tuesday, October 23 at 7:00 p.m., with check-in and a complimentary reception beginning at 6:15 p.m., at the Horchow Auditorium at the Dallas Museum of Art.

Tickets for this lecture are $20 for general admission, $15 for DMA members, and $5 for students (with ID). Tickets can be purchased at the door before the lecture. No reservations are needed to attend Forum lectures. Dallas Architecture Forum members receive free admission to all regular Forum lectures as a benefit of membership, and AIA members can earn one hour of CE credit for each lecture. For more information on The Dallas Architecture Forum, visit www.dallasarchitectureforum.org or call 214-764-2406.

Season Sponsors for The Dallas Architecture Forum’s 2018-2019 Season are Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty – Faisal Halum, D Home, Maharger Development – Reggie Graham, and SMINK. Series Sponsors are Architectural Lighting Associates, bodron + fruit, DLR Group STAFFELBACH, Headington Companies, Kafka Properties, LLC, modmedia, inc // moderndallas.net, Scott + Cooner, and studioOutside. Lecture Sponsors are Billingsley Company, Rogers-O’Brien Construction and Sebastian Construction Group. Reception Sponsors are Datum Engineers, DEMENSE Design, Talley Associates and WDG Architecture.

THOMAS PHIFER

FOUNDER, THOMAS PHIFER & PARTNERS

NEW YORK CITY

23 October 2018

Tuesday, 7:00 pm

Horchow Auditorium, DMA

Forum Reception and check-in 6:15 pm

Thomas Phifer approaches modernism from a humanistic standpoint, connecting the built environment to the natural world with a heightened sense of openness and community spirit that is based on a collaborative, interdisciplinary process.

Since founding Thomas Phifer and Partners in 1997, he has completed the recently opened Pavilions for the Glenstone Foundation in Potomac, Maryland; an expansion of the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, New York; the United States Courthouse in Salt Lake City, Utah; the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, North Carolina; the Raymond and Susan Brochstein Pavilion at Rice University in Houston, Texas; Cine Colombia headquarters in Bogotá, Colombia; an environmentally advanced corporate office building for Steelcase, Inc. in Grand Rapids, Michigan; the restoration of the historic Gilfillan House in Austin, Texas; the Rachofsky House in Dallas, Texas, now a public trust and private house museum affiliated with the Dallas Museum of Art, and numerous houses in the Hudson River Valley of New York State.

Ongoing projects include the Museum of Modern Art and TR Warszawa Theatre in Warsaw, Poland, an outdoor performance pavilion in Austin, Texas and several private residences.

Prior to launching his firm in 1997, Phifer was design partner with the firm of Richard Meier & Partners, New York, where he was responsible for the design of 27 major projects. Among these were the acclaimed Canal Plus Headquarters in Paris. Earlier in his career, Phifer was a senior design associate for Gwathmey Siegel and Associates, New York, and practiced with Wolf Associates Architects in North Carolina.

Thomas Phifer and Partners has received three Design Excellence awards from the General Services Administration and more than 20 honor awards from the American Institute of Architects, as well as numerous national and international citations. His projects have been published and exhibited extensively in the United States and overseas. A monograph on the work of Thomas Phifer and Partners was released in 2010 by Skira Rizzoli.

Thomas Phifer is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. He has received the prestigious Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome which honored him with a residency at the Academy’s renowned campus on the Janiculum Hill. During that period, Phifer explored ways to draw the lessons of antiquity—enduring concepts for architecture that are ecologically enlightened, relevant to time and place, animated and dignified—into a 21st-century building language that now characterizes his practice. The influence of this investigation is present in his current work, including the North Carolina Museum of Art and reconfigured campus, where landscape and architecture intermingle to create a place of relevance and purpose.

Thomas Phifer was awarded the Medal of Honor from the New York Chapter of the AIA. In 2011, he was elected as an Academician of the National Academy of Design, and in 2013, he received the Arts and Letters Award in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Phifer has been honored by the New York Chapter of the AIA with the President’s Award and by Sir John Soane’s Museum Foundation. He also gave the 2016 keynote lecture at the Royal Institute of British Architects in London.

Thomas Phifer has served as a visiting professor at numerous architecture schools, including the Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Cooper Union, University of Southern California, University of Texas, and Cornell University College of Architecture, Art, and Planning. He is currently appointed as the Louis I. Kahn Visiting Professor of Architectural Design at the Yale School of Architecture. Thomas Phifer received his Bachelor and Master of Architecture from Clemson University.

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Among the over 230 speakers who have addressed The Forum’s Lecture Series are Shigeru Ban, Brad Cloepfil, Diller + Scofidio, Peter Eisenman, Michael Graves, Daniel Libeskind, Thomas Phifer, Rafael Vinoly, Juhani Pallasmaa, AIA Gold Medal Winner Peter Bohlin, and regional architects David Lake and Ted Flato. Pritzker Prize winners speaking to The Forum have been Kazuyo Sejima, Rafael Moneo, Thom Mayne, Rem Koolhaas and Norman Foster (the latter two in collaboration with the ATT Performing Arts Center). Other speakers for The Forum have been leading designers Calvin Tsao, Andrée Putman, and Karim Rashid; landscape architect Michael Van Valkenburgh; and National Trust President Emeritus Richard Moe. Important critics, authors and patrons who have spoken to The Forum include Emily Pulitzer, Terence Riley, Pulitzer Prize winners Robert Campbell and Blair Kamin, Aaron Betsky, and the late David Dillon.

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