awards: 2005 Pritzker Prize, 2013 AIA, AIA, Pritzker Prize
Thom Mayne (b. January 19, 1944, in Waterbury, Connecticut) is a Los Angeles-based architect. Educated at University of Southern California (1969) and the Harvard University Graduate School of Design in 1978, Mayne helped found the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) in 1972, where he is a trustee. Since then he has held teaching positions at SCI-Arc, the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona) and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He is principal of Morphosis, an architectural firm in Santa Monica, California.
Mayne’s commitment to architecture as a journey and not as a destination is evidenced through the forms and materials of his buildings, his personal and professional life, and the name of the firm he established in Los Angeles in 1972—Morphosis, which means “to be in formation.” In his own life, he’s evolved from a rugged iconoclast to a collaborative government-works mainstay.
Tom Mayne’s list of recommended/significant architecture:
- Menil Collection, Houston by Renzo Piano
- Sendai Mediatheque, Sendai, Japan by Toyo Ito
- UFA Cinema, Dresden by COOP Himmelblau
- Cartier Foundation, Paris by Jean Nouvel
- Horizontal Skyscraper, Shenzhen, China by Steven Holl
- Scottish Parliament Building, Edinburgh by Enric Miralles