Recorded: November 12, 2013
Running time: 37:53
Thomas Phifer founded his New York City-based firm Thomas Phifer and Partners in 1997. He describes his approach to modernism as one “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.” That sensibility, as evidenced in his 2013 Current Work lecture, is exemplified by his sensitive approach of designing within a landscape and his many sources of inspiration from the realms of conceptual and land art. In the video above, Phifer discusses some of these influences as an introduction to several projects, speaking at length about the firm’s work on a residence in Salt Point, NY; the Brochstein Pavilion at Rice University; expansions of the Corning Museum of Glass and Glenstone; and a house in Madison, WI.