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. Architect Thomas Phifer founded his New York-based firm Thomas Phifer and Partners in 1997. The recently opened Corning Museum of Glass expansion received a 2016 AIA New York Merit Award. The Glenstone Museum is currently under construction in Potomac, Maryland. The firm is designing the Museum of Modern Art and TR Warszawa Theatre in Warsaw and Cine Colombia headquarters in Bogotá, as well as numerous houses. 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. Phifer received his Master of Architecture degree from Clemson University in 1977, the American Academy’s prestigious Rome Prize in 1996, and the AIA New York’s Medal of Honor in 2004. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. This year, Thomas Phifer will be honored by the AIA New York with the President’s Award and by Sir John Soane’s Museum Foundation.