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Thom Mayne
Thom Mayne
(born January 19, 1944) is an American architect. He is based in Los Angeles. 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)[1] and the University of California, Los Angeles
Los Angeles
(UCLA). He is principal of Morphosis, an architectural firm in Culver City, California. Mayne received the Pritzker Architecture Prize
Pritzker Architecture Prize
in March 2005.[2]


1 Early life and career 2 Morphosis 3 Academics 4 Major projects

4.1 Completed 4.2 In progress

5 Awards and honors 6 Ray Bradbury
Ray Bradbury
house 7 References 8 External links

Early life and career[edit]

Diamond Ranch High School
Diamond Ranch High School
in Pomona, California
Pomona, California

Mayne was born in Waterbury, Connecticut. He studied architecture at the University of Southern California
University of Southern California
(1968)[3] and also studied at the Harvard University
Harvard University
Graduate School of Design
Graduate School of Design
in 1978, with a social agenda and urban planning focus, receiving his bachelor's degree, he began working as an urban planner under Korean-born architect Ki Suh Park. During that time he recalls that "policy and planning were not going to work for me" and that he "needed a more tangible resolution.”[4] Mayne found himself living on a commune with the grass-roots group Campaign for Economic Democracy, many of whom became his earliest clients. In 1972, Mayne abruptly left Cal Poly Pomona[5] and collaborated with five other students and educators whom he met at while at USC, to create the Southern California Institute of Architecture, or SCI-Arc. The rift was due to differences between the dean at Cal Poly at the time and Ray Kappe, who headed the school's architecture department.[5] The goal of the new institute was to reinvigorate formal architectural education with a keener sense of social conscience.[4] SCI-Arc was “to bring to Los Angeles
Los Angeles
the critical attitude toward the profession that was being practiced at Cooper Union in New York and the Architectural Association
Architectural Association
in London.”[6]

University of Toronto Graduate House
University of Toronto Graduate House

District 7 Headquarters, Los Angeles
Los Angeles

University of Cincinnati
University of Cincinnati
Rec Center (2006)

Morse Courthouse in Eugene, Oregon
Eugene, Oregon

San Francisco Federal Building
San Francisco Federal Building

National Satellite Operations Center (2007)

Mayne's New Academic Building for Cooper Union
Cooper Union

Morphosis[edit] Mayne and some others founded Morphosis in 1972;[7] Michael Rotondi joined in 1975. The firm's design philosophy arises from an interest in producing work with a meaning that can be understood by absorbing the culture for which it was made, and their goal was to develop an architecture that would eschew the normal bounds of traditional forms. Beginning as an informal collaboration of designers that survived on non-architectural projects, its first official commission was a school in Pasadena, attended by Mayne's son. Publicity from this project led to a number of residential commissions, including the Lawrence Residence. Mayne describes the early days of the group as more of a "garage band" than a practice.[6] They spent their free time experimenting with new inventions for their clients, whom consisted of friends and parents of students. When work was at a standstill, Mayne took a year off to earn his Master of Architecture degree from Harvard University. He graduated in 1978 and returned to work for Morphosis where he became the principal architect, lead designer and principal in charge for all of Morphosis’ projects. The firm has grown into prominent design practice, with completed projects worldwide. Under the Design Excellence program of the United States government's General Service Administration, Thom Mayne
Thom Mayne
has become a primary architect for federal projects. Recent commissions include: graduate housing at the University of Toronto; the San Francisco Federal Building; the University of Cincinnati
University of Cincinnati
Student Recreation Center; the Science Center School in Los Angeles, Diamond Ranch High School
Diamond Ranch High School
in Pomona, California; and the Wayne L. Morse United States Courthouse
Wayne L. Morse United States Courthouse
in Eugene, Oregon. The work of Morphosis has a layered quality. Visually, the firm’s architecture includes sculptural forms. In recent years, such visual effect has been made possible increasingly through computer design techniques, which simplify the construction of complex forms. Academics[edit] Mayne remains a presence in the academic world. He currently teaches at the University of Pennsylvania and has held teaching positions at many institutions including Columbia University, Harvard University, Yale University, the Berlage Institute in the Netherlands and the Bartlett School of Architecture
Bartlett School of Architecture
in London. Currently, he is a tenured faculty member at the UCLA
School of Arts and Architecture.[8] In 2013, he contributed a foreword to the book "Never Built Los Angeles" by Sam Lubell and Greg Goldin.[9] Major projects[edit] Completed[edit]

Kate Mantilini / Beverly Hills, CA, 1986 6th Street Residence, Santa Monica, CA, 1988 Cedar Sinai Comprehensive Cancer Center, Los Angeles, CA, 1988 Crawford Residence, Montecito, CA, 1990 Salick Healthcare Office Building, Los Angeles, CA, 1991 Blades Residence, Santa Barbara, California, 1995 Sun Tower in Seoul, Korea
1997[10] Diamond Ranch High School, Pomona, California, 1999 University of Toronto
University of Toronto
Graduate House, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 2000 Hypo Alpe-Adria Center, Klagenfurt, Austria, 2002 Caltrans
District 7 Headquarters, Los Angeles, California, 2004 Science Center School, Los Angeles, California, 2004 University of Cincinnati
University of Cincinnati
Student Recreation Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2006 Public housing in Madrid, Spain, 2006[11] Wayne L. Morse United States Courthouse, Eugene, Oregon, 2006 San Francisco Federal Building, San Francisco, California, 2006 Cahill Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics at the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California, 2009 National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Satellite Operation Facility, Suitland, Maryland, 2007 New Academic Building at 41 Cooper Square, The Cooper Union
Cooper Union
for the Advancement of Science and Art, New York, New York, 2009 Perot Museum of Nature & Science, Victory Park, Dallas, Texas, 2012 Bill and Melinda Gates Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, 2013[12] Emerson College
Emerson College
Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Center, Los Angeles, California, 2014[13]

In progress[edit]

Vialia Vigo, Vigo, Galicia, Spain, 2016 Phare Tower (Tour Phare), also known as "Le Phare" and "The Lighthouse", "green" wind-powered office building, La Défense, Paris, France, 2017 Cornell NYC Tech, Roosevelt Island, New York, 2017[14] A. Alfred Taubman Engineering, Architecture and Life Sciences Complex, Lawrence Technological University, Southfield, Michigan
Southfield, Michigan

Awards and honors[edit] Mayne has been the recipient of many distinguished awards over the course of his career. Among them are the Rome Prize
Rome Prize
Fellowship which he received in 1987 and the Pritzker Prize
Pritzker Prize
in 2005.[8] Mayne was a member of the Holcim Awards global jury in 2006 and a member of the Holcim Awards jury for region North America in 2005.[16] In 2009, he was appointed as a member of the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.[17] He was elected to the board of trustees of SCI-Arc in 2011.[18]

List of awards and honors

Rome Prize
Rome Prize
Fellowship, American Academy in Rome, Italy / 1987 Eliel Saarinen Chair, Yale School of Architecture, Yale University
Yale University
/ 1991 Brunner Prize or Award in Architecture, American Academy of Arts and Letters / 1992 Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Gold Medal, American Institute of Architects
American Institute of Architects
/ 2000 Chrysler Design Award of Excellence / 2001 Pritzker Prize
Pritzker Prize
/ 2005 Top Ten Green Project Award, American Institute of Architects Committee on the Environment / 2007 The Edward MacDowell Medal / 2008 Neutra Medal for Professional Excellence / 2011 American Institute of Architects
American Institute of Architects
Gold Medal / 2013

Ray Bradbury
Ray Bradbury
house[edit] A controversy developed in January 2015 after Mayne bought in June 2014 for $1.765 million the Cheviot Hills, Los Angeles
Los Angeles
house that noted writer Ray Bradbury
Ray Bradbury
had lived in for 50 years. According to Mayne, who did not know when he found that house that it was Bradbury's, the Bradbury family – which has not commented on the situation – had no interest in preserving the house, and Mayne bought it from a foundation. A demolition permit was issued on December 30, and in January 2015 it was reported that the house was being torn down. Materials from Bradbury's home office were donated to the Indiana-based Center for Ray Bradbury
Ray Bradbury
studies, which intended to raise money to recreate it as it was in the mid-1960s. When queried, the Morphosis office reported that the house was not being razed, but "deconstructed" so that some of the materials could be recycled – including into 451 sets of bookends – a process which takes more time than simply tearing it down. It was reported at the time that a contractor said that the house Mayne intended to build would have three underground levels, including a swimming pool, and two stories above ground – although Mayne himself said that plans for the house were not finished. "Our house will not be ordinary – our house is going to be a garden", Mayne said, and expects it to be a "prototype that is landscape-neutral and water friendly", an example of a new vision for houses in Los Angeles. Mayne also plans to pay tribute to Bradbury with a wall in which the titles of Bradbury's books are inscribed. Construction on the new house is scheduled to finish 2017.[19][20][21][22][23] References[edit] Notes

^ "Mayne to get Pritzker". The San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved 2008-09-11.  ^ Edward Lifson (March 21, 2005). "American Wins Architecture's Highest Award". NPR.org.  ^ Pogrebin, Robin. "American Maverick Wins Pritzker Prize" The New York Times (March 21, 2005) ^ a b Iovine, Julie V. (May 17, 2004). "An Iconoclastic Architect Turns Theory Into Practice". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-03-21.  ^ a b Ng, David. (April 4, 2011), " Architect
Thom Mayne
Thom Mayne
joining SCI-Arc's board of trustees" Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Times ^ a b Lubow, Arthur (January 16, 2005). "How Did He Become the Government's Favorite Architect?". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-03-21.  ^ "Information" on the Morphosis website ^ a b Thom Mayne. Morphosis. London: Phaidon Press, 2006 ^ Carolyn Kellogg (January 11, 2013), Winter book preview Los Angeles Times. ^ https://www.morphosis.com/architecture/39/ ^ http://www.morphopedia.com/projects/madrid-housing ^ http://www.infosci.cornell.edu/about-us/facilities ^ Vincent, Roger. " Emerson College
Emerson College
is building a new West Coast campus in Hollywood" Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Times (March 2, 2012) ^ Camuti, Liz. "Cornell Names Architect
of NYC Tech Campus Building" Archived 2012-07-31 at Archive.is
Cornell Daily Sun
Cornell Daily Sun
(May 10, 2012) ^ "Taubman Complex" Lawrence Technological University
Lawrence Technological University
website ^ CV on Holcim Foundation Website ^ David Ng (November 2, 2009), Sarah Jessica Parker, Thom Mayne, Anna Wintour named to Obama's arts committee Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Times. ^ David Ng (April 4, 2011), Architect
Thom Mayne
Thom Mayne
joining SCI-Arc's board of trustees Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Times. ^ Kellogg, Carolyn (January 14, 2015), "Bradbury House Being Torn Down" Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Times ^ Barragan, Bianca. (January 13, 2015) "Starchitect Thom Mayne
Thom Mayne
is Tearing Down Ray Bradbury's Cheviot Hills House Right Now" Curbed
Los Angeles ^ Barrigan, Bianca (January 20, 2015) "What Does Starchitect Thom Mayne Have Planned For the Site of Ray Bradbury's Old House?" Curbed Los Angeles ^ Shephard, Alan. (January 16, 2015) "Why was Ray Bradbury’s home demolished? An interview with architect Thom Mayne" Melville House ^ Kudler, Adrian Glick. (July 7, 2015) "Ray Bradbury's House Turned Into 451 Sets of Bookends" Curbed
Los Angeles


Ayyuce, Orhan "" Thom Mayne
Thom Mayne
in Coffee Break" - Archinect (July, 2007) Orlandoni, Alessandra ""Interview with Thom Mayne" - The Plan 014 (May 2006)

External links[edit]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Thom Mayne.

Morphosis.com - Official Website Metropolis article on Mayne TED Talks.com: Thom Mayne
Thom Mayne
on architecture as connection" — at 2005 TED (conference).

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Pritzker Architecture Prize
Pritzker Architecture Prize

Philip Johnson
Philip Johnson
(1979) Luis Barragán
Luis Barragán
(1980) James Stirling (1981) Kevin Roche
Kevin Roche
(1982) I. M. Pei
I. M. Pei
(1983) Richard Meier
Richard Meier
(1984) Hans Hollein
Hans Hollein
(1985) Gottfried Böhm
Gottfried Böhm
(1986) Kenzo Tange (1987) Gordon Bunshaft
Gordon Bunshaft
and Oscar Niemeyer
Oscar Niemeyer
(1988) Frank Gehry
Frank Gehry
(1989) Aldo Rossi
Aldo Rossi
(1990) Robert Venturi
Robert Venturi
(1991) Álvaro Siza Vieira
Álvaro Siza Vieira
(1992) Fumihiko Maki
Fumihiko Maki
(1993) Christian de Portzamparc
Christian de Portzamparc
(1994) Tadao Ando
Tadao Ando
(1995) Rafael Moneo
Rafael Moneo
(1996) Sverre Fehn
Sverre Fehn
(1997) Renzo Piano
Renzo Piano
(1998) Norman Foster (1999) Rem Koolhaas
Rem Koolhaas
(2000) Herzog & de Meuron (2001) Glenn Murcutt
Glenn Murcutt
(2002) Jørn Utzon
Jørn Utzon
(2003) Zaha Hadid
Zaha Hadid
(2004) Thom Mayne
Thom Mayne
(2005) Paulo Mendes da Rocha
Paulo Mendes da Rocha
(2006) Richard Rogers
Richard Rogers
(2007) Jean Nouvel
Jean Nouvel
(2008) Peter Zumthor
Peter Zumthor
(2009) Kazuyo Sejima
Kazuyo Sejima
and Ryue Nishizawa / SANAA
(2010) Eduardo Souto de Moura
Eduardo Souto de Moura
(2011) Wang Shu
Wang Shu
(2012) Toyo Ito
Toyo Ito
(2013) Shigeru Ban
Shigeru Ban
(2014) Frei Otto
Frei Otto
(2015) Alejandro Aravena
Alejandro Aravena
(2016) Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem, and Ramón Vilalta / RCR Arquitectes (2017) B. V. Doshi
B. V. Doshi

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