Jon Adams Jerde Chair in Architecture
Wednesday, February 11th, 2015, 6:00pm
USC School of Architecture: Gin D. Wong, FAIA Conference Center, Harris Hall
Jon Adams Jerde Chair in Architecture

February 11, 2015
Time: 6:00pm
Location: USC 
Gin D. Wong, FAIA Conference Center, Harris Hall

Award-winning, New York-based architect Thomas Phifer, FAIA holds the Jon Adams Jerde, FAIA Chair in Architecture at the USC School of Architecture this semester and will be teaching a graduate design studio. This endowment honors Jon Jerde as an internationally renowned architect, urban designer, and distinguished USC Architecture alumnus. The endowment supports a visiting design studio faculty member, whose teaching will focus on the integration and collaboration of urban design and architecture.
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. He founded his New York-based firm Thomas Phifer and Partners in 1997. Recently completed projects include the new United States Courthouse in Salt Lake City, UT; the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh; the Raymond and Susan Brochstein Pavilion at Rice University in Houston, TX, and numerous private residences. Work under construction includes an expansion of the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, New York; a new museum for the Glenstone Foundation in Potomac, MD, and a new street light fixture for New York City.  In 2014, the firm was selected to design the Museum of Modern Art and TR Warszawa Theatre in Warsaw, Poland. Thomas Phifer’s buildings have been honored repeatedly by the American Institute of Architects, including seven AIA National Honor Awards and twelve AIA New York Honor Awards. In 2004, Phifer was awarded the Medal of Honor from the New York Chapter of the AIA. In 1996, he received the prestigious Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and was elected an Academician of the National Academy of Design. Phifer received his Master of Architecture degree from Clemson University in 1977. 
Lectures are free and open to the public. They are located in the Gin D. Wong, FAIA Conference Center, Harris Hall, on the University Park campus. No reservations are required. Parking is available on campus at Gate 1 off Exposition Blvd.