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 based on a collaborative, interdisciplinary process. Since founding Thomas Phifer and Partners in 1997, he has completed 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, and numerous houses in the Hudson River Valley of New York State.
A new museum for the Glenstone Foundation is currently under construction in Potomac, Maryland. The firm is designing the Museum of Modern Art and TR Warszawa Theatre in Warsaw, Poland and the Cine Colombia headquarters in Bogotá, Colombia. Domestic projects include an outdoor performance pavilion and pedestrian bridge in Austin, Texas and private residences in Wisconsin, Texas, Florida and New York State.
Thomas Phifer’s buildings have been repeatedly honored by the American Institute of Architects, including eight AIA National Honor Awards and fourteen AIA New York Honor Awards. Most recently, Thomas Phifer and Partners’ Corning Museum of Glass won the 2016 AIA New York Merit Award. His projects have been published and exhibited extensively in the United States and overseas.
Thomas Phifer received the prestigious Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome in 1996 and was awarded the Medal of Honor, the highest award given to an individual or firm, from the New York Chapter of the AIA in 2004. He was elected as an Academician of the National Academy of Design in 2011. In 2013, Thomas Phifer received the Arts and Letters Award in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. Thomas Phifer received his Bachelor of Architecture in 1975 and his Master of Architecture in 1977, both from Clemson University.
This year, Thomas Phifer will be honored by the New York Chapter of the AIA with the President’s Award and by Sir John Soane’s Museum Foundation. He will also give the keynote lecture at the Royal Institute of British Architects in the fall. Thomas Phifer lectures widely on his work and has served as a design instructor, lecturer and critic at numerous architecture schools. A monograph on the work of Thomas Phifer and Partners was released in 2010 by Skira Rizzoli.