Thomas Phifer Dallas

Thomas Phifer’s Dallas projects include the Klyde Warren Park Pavilion and Savor Restaurant.

Thomas Phifer

Thomas Phifer

Thomas Phifer has been called the “master of meticulous modernism,” whose work ranges from the Corning Museum in New York, the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, and the San Francisco corporate headquarters for LinkedIn, to Dallas’ Klyde Warren Park Pavilion and Rachofsky House. The New York City-based architect will be in Dallas to speak to the Dallas Architecture Forum.

Phifer is the Dallas Architecture Forum‘s featured lecturer at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23 at the Dallas Museum of Art. Tickets are $20 for general admission, $15 for DMA members, and $5 for students.

That modernism is evident in his use of light “within a deceptively simple yet elegant design,” Forum Executive Director Nate Eudaly says, describing Phifer’s ability to connect people in man-made environments to their natural surroundings. “His widely celebrated and vast experience spans every scale of design and construction from large public institutions to personal residences,” Eudaly says.

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José Vasconcelos Library in Mexico City. Photo Courtesy of The Dallas Architecture Forum.

Celebrate architecture, design, and the urban environment alongside modern visionaries like internationally celebrated architect Alberto Kalach, Principal and Co-Founder of TAX Architects of Mexico City, September 11, 2018 at 7 p.m. at the Angelika Theatre at Mockingbird Station. The event is an exciting start to The Dallas Architecture Forum’s 2018-2019 season, and landing Kalach is a major coup for The Forum. He is an expert in the urban planning challenges of his native Mexico City – one of the largest cities in the world – which is of particular interest as Dallas attempts its first Comprehensive Housing Plan.

Alberto Kalach. Photo Courtesy of The Dallas Architecture Forum.

“Alberto Kalach is a visionary who has over thirty years of experience in studying the complex ecology and workings of his native Mexico City, one of the largest cities in the world. His work explores the balance of the needs of society with nature and history, and seeks to create equity among neighborhoods of varying income levels, and to seamlessly merge communities with their surrounding environments,” stated Forum Executive Director Nate Eudaly.

“We believe Mr. Kalach’s vast experience and insights in urban planning and the design of various building types will be of great interest as Dallas attempts to implement its first comprehensive housing program, and North Texas experiences continued growth as one of the largest metropolitan areas in North America.”

Kalach is also known as the designer of the award-winning José Vasconcelos Library in Mexico City, which is the largest public library in Latin America.

For art and design lovers: Mark your calendars for Carol Willis on September 25 at the Dallas Museum of Art. She is the Founder and Director of The Skyscraper Museum in New York City, and her presentation will be in conjunction with the Museum’s exhibition, Cult of the Machine: Precisionism and American Art. 

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