Apr/07 Lecture
Thom Mayne, FAIA


A Coherency of Willfulness and Chance

Thom Mayne, FAIA

Principal, Morphosis

THOM MAYNE has been a committed educator in architecture for over 40 years. His firm, Morphosis, is engaged in broader social, cultural, urban, political and ecological issues which he brings to his teaching.

Mayne's distinguished honors include the Pritzker Prize (2005) and the AIA Gold Medal (2013). He was appointed to the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities in 2009. With Morphosis, Thom Mayne has been the recipient of 25 Progressive Architecture Awards, over 100 American Institute of Architecture Awards and numerous other design recognitions. Morphosis works have been published extensively. The firm has been the subject of numerous exhibitions and 25 monographs.

Mayne's significant contributions to architectural education include the highly regarded L.A. Now and Madrid Now initiatives. Under Mayne's direction, UCLA students won the 2005 PA Award for "L.A. Now: Volume 3,4." There has always been a symbiotic relationship between Mayne's teaching and practice, evidenced in his commitment to the recent sustainable, affordable housing project for the Make It Right Foundation in New Orleans developed with UCLA students. He is a UCLA professor since 1992.