Thom Mayne

Thom Mayne, FAIA
Principal, Morphosis

Thom Mayne, FAIA, founded Morphosis in 1972 as a collective architectural practice engaged in cross-disciplinary research and design. As its design director, he provides overall vision and project leadership to the firm, which has offices in Los Angeles and New York City, and employs over 60 architects and designers. Mayne’s distinguished honors include the Pritzker Prize (2005) and the AIA Gold Medal (2013). With Morphosis, he has been the recipient of 26 Progressive Architecture Awards, over 100 American Institute of Architecture Awards, among other design recognitions.

Mayne has always retained a symbiotic relationship between teaching and practice, and is currently executive director of the Now Institute at University of California, Los Angeles, a research and design initiative focusing on applying strategic urban thinking to real world issues. In 1972, Mayne helped found the Southern California Institute of Architecture and since 1993 he has been a tenured Professor at UCLA in the department of Architecture and Urban Design. He has also held teaching positions at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Yale University’s School of Architecture (the Eliel Saarinen Chair in 1991), and the Harvard Graduate School of Design (Eliot Noyes Chair in 1998).


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