Glenstone Museum, Potomac Maryland, 2020 AIA National Honor Award. Image: Iwan Baan.

POSTPONED: CannonDesign Lecture for Excellence in Architecture and Engineering: Thomas Phifer

April 16, 2020
5:30p Reception, 6p Lecture
Steinberg Auditorium

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Thomas Phifer, founding director of Thomas Phifer and Partners, will deliver the annual CannonDesign Lecture for Excellence in Architecture and Engineering at the Sam Fox School, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary.

Since founding Thomas Phifer and Partners in 1997, Phifer has completed an expansion of the Glenstone Museum 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; 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; Cine Colombia headquarters in Bogota; an outdoor performance pavilion in Austin; a student center and an International Studies Center for Indiana University in Bloomington; private residences in Dallas, Austin, Milan, and Amagansett, New York. Phifer is also engaged in the South Battery Park City Resiliency Project in Lower Manhattan.

Since 1997, 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.

Phifer received the prestigious Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome in 1996 and was awarded the Medal of Honor from the New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects in 2004. He was elected as an Academician of the National Academy of Design in 2011. In 2013, Phifer received the Arts and Letters Award in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 2016, he was honored by the New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects with the President's Award and by the Sir John Soane's Museum Foundation. He also gave the 2016 keynote lecture at the Royal Institute of British Architects in London. In 2019, he was awarded the National Design Award in Architectural Design from the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum. Phifer is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and serves on the boards of the Architectural League of New York and the Sir John Soane's Museum Foundation.

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 has been appointed the William Henry Bishop Visiting Professor of Architectural Design and the Louis I. Kahn Visiting Professor of Architectural Design, both at the Yale School of Architecture. Phifer earned his Bachelor of Architecture in 1975 and his Master of Architecture in 1977, both from Clemson University.

The lecture is generously supported by:

20th Anniversary

Over the past two decades, CannonDesign has partnered with the Sam Fox School to present lectures by the world's most innovative architects and designers. Invited speakers include: James Polshek, Steven Holl, Laurie Olin, Cecil Balmond, Douglas Garofalo, Thom Mayne, James Carpenter, Michael Rios, Enrique Norten, Rafael Moneo, Monica Ponce de Leon, Stanley Saitowitz, Yoshiharu Tsukamoto, Bernard Tschumi, Kengo Kuma, Alan Gordon, Tod Williams + Billie Tsien, and Thomas Phifer.