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Founding Partner, Thomas Phifer and Partners, NYC

23 October 2018
Tuesday, 7 pm
Check-In and Reception Beginning at 6:15 pm
Horchow Auditorium, Dallas Museum of Art

Free for Forum Members
$5 Students, $15 DMA Members, $20 General Admission
No Reseservations Needed, Tickets Available at Door.




Thomas Phifer is the Founding Principal of Thomas Phifer and Partners in New York City.  Among his many acclaimed 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, and  that employ advanced technologies and modes of construction to create extraordinary architectural spaces. Phifer employs deceptive simplicity in a variety of building types to create elegant designs, 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; a planned restoration and revitalization of the historic Castle Clinton at the Battery in Lower Manhattan; The United States Federal Courthouse in Salt Lake City, Utah; and a number of high-profile, private residential commissions. Thomas Phifer and Partners was also 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 published by Skira Rizzoli.  Thomas Phifer is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, and he has received the prestigious Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome. He was awarded the Medal of Honor from the New York Chapter of the AIA. In 2011, Phifer 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 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. Tom Phifer  received his BA and MA degrees in Architecture from Clemson University, where he has also designed a new landmark building for the School of Architecture. 



Rick JOY
Founder and Principal
Studio Rick Joy
The Frank Welch Memorial Lecture


23 January 2019 (Wed, 7pm)
Horchow Auditorium, DMA

Thomas WOLTZ
Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects


6 February 2019 (Wed, 7pm)
Venue TBA

Co-Founder and Partner
Johnsen Schmaling Architects

Spring 2019
Date and Venue TBA

Calvin TSAO and Zack McKOWN
Founders and Partners
Tsao - McKown Architecture and Design


Spring 2019
Date and Venue TBA


Alberto KALACH
Principal and Co-Founder
TAX Architects, Mexico City

In partnership with UTA CAPPA

11 September 2018 (Tues, 7 pm)
Note Venue Location: Angelika Theatre, Mockingbird Station, Dallas


Founder and Director
The Skyscraper Museum, New York City
In partnership with the DMA and its exhibition
Cult of the Machine: Precisionism and American Art

25 September 2018 (Tues, 7pm)
Horchow Auditorium, DMA


Carol Willis, architecture historian, Director of The Skyscraper Museum in New York City, and Adjunct Professor of Urban Studies at Columbia University, will discuss architecture featured in the DMA’s new exhibition Cult of the Machine: Precisionism and American Art. The exhibition examines American culture from the 1910s to the Second World War and reveals how the American love affair with new technology and mechanization shaped architecture, design, and the visual culture of the United States.

Carol Willis has researched, taught, and written about the history of the American city and its buildings. She is the author of Form Follows Finance: Skyscrapers and Skylines in New York and Chicago (Princeton Architectural Press), which received an AIA book award. In addition to numerous articles in books and scholarly journals, Ms. Willis has curated more than twenty exhibitions at The Skyscraper Museum and written introductions to numerous monographs and collections, including Skyscraper Rivals, New York Architecture, Manhattan Skyscrapers, and New York Deco. She appears regularly in television documentaries and radio broadcasts, including programs for The History Channel, PBS, A & E and BBC Television, NPR, and BBC World Service Radio.



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