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Rick Joy

Founder and Principal
Studio Rick Joy

The Frank Welch Memorial Lecture

23 January 2019
Wednesday, 7 pm; Check-In and Reception at 6:15 pm

Horchow Auditorium, Dallas Museum of Art



Rick Joy, FAIA is the founder of Rick Joy Architects (Studio Rick Joy), an award-winning architecture, interiors, and planning firm based in Tucson, Arizona. Studio Rick Joy has been recognized for an exquisitely sensitive and thoughtful approach to site, observation, process, landscape, and building. The studio’s work has encompassed intimate single-family homes and large-scale master plans, and has included residential commissions in Miami, New York City, San Francisco, Tucson, Costa Rica, and Turks and Caicos, as well as projects in Nayarit, Mexico City, and Austin. Recently, the studio brought new life to Princeton University with the recently completed Transit Hall and Market. Many of his projects are featured in his recently released monograph, Studio Joy Works.

Joy has lectured around the world and has been honored by and associated Civitas Sonoran, the Museum of Contemporary Art - Tucson, the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art; CRATerre; and the Ghost Lab Advisory Board. He is the recipient of an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Architecture and was recognized with a National Design Award from the Smithsonian Institute/Cooper-Hewitt Museum. Joy is also a fellow of the AIA and Royal Institute of British Architects. Studio Rick Joy’s work has been widely published, appearing in Cereal, Architectural Record, A+U, GA Houses, Architectural Digest, Travel + Leisure, and the New York Times. Joy has been a visiting professor at Harvard, Rice, MIT, and the University of Arizona. He founded Immersion Vermont Masterclass, a weeklong immersive program for mid-career architects and co-founded CCL Concept Lighting Lab with Claudia Kappl.

Rick Joy’s focus on simple and thoughtful design in careful harmony to the project site are true to the wonderful legacy of Frank Welch. We are pleased that Rick will give the second annual Frank Welch Memorial Lecture—The Forum’s ongoing tribute to honor Frank‚Äôs legacy. Donations to the Frank Welch Memorial Lecture Fund may be made HERE.


Thomas WOLTZ
Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects


6 February 2019 (Wed, 7pm)
Horchow Auditorium, DMA

Co-Founder and Partner
Johnsen Schmaling Architects

17 April 2019 (Wed, 7pm)
Angelika Film Center, Mockingbird Station

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


1 May 2019 (Wed, 7pm)
Horchow Auditorium, DMA


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

In partnership with UTA CAPPA

11 September 2019 (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 2019 (Tues, 7pm)
Horchow Auditorium, DMA

Reservations Requested for this Lecture by Forum and DMA Members.

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.




Founder and Director
Thomas Phifer and Partners

23 October 2019 (Tues, 7pm)
Horchow Auditorium, DMA



Thomas Phifer is widely admired for buildings that relate poetically to their sites. Among his many acclaimed design projects are the Brochstein Pavilion, the Corning Museum of Glass, the just-opened Pavilions for the Glenstone Foundation, and Dallas’ Klyde Warren Park Pavilion and Savor Restaurant. Phifer was also the Design Architect for the team that completed the Rachofsky House, a Dallas icon of architecture and art. Phifer creates elegant designs ranging from corporate headquarters and university buildings to high-profile private residences. Other well-known projects are the North Carolina Museum of Art, The United States Federal Courthouse in Salt Lake City, and a planned restoration of the historic Castle Clinton at Battery Park and the completion of the Museum of Modern Art Warsaw and TR Warszawa Theatre. Phifer’s honors include GSA Design Excellence awards, more than 20 AIA honor awards, and international citations. He has been honored with the Rome Prize and by the National Academy of Design and the American Academy of Arts and Letters.



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