Transparent, luminous, intimately tied to the landscape: these descriptions are often affixed to the work of Thomas Phifer, FAIA, and they also apply to the first monograph on the output of his New York–based firm. Thomas Phifer and Partners includes key residential and institutional projects such as the North Carolina Museum of Art, Salt Point House, and the Raymond and Susan Brochstein Pavilion at Rice University. Crisp, unfussy photographs show the simple materials palette to good effect, as well as Phifer’s signature light scoops and oculi. • $75; Rizzoli, 2010