Thom Mayne - Morphosis

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Thom Mayne - Morphosis

(b. USA 1943)

"Ironically, Morphosis' search to make Diamond Ranch meaningful may be successful partly because of struggling with a relatively low budget ... for such a large project.

"There was no money for the rich materials and complex detailing that we have come to expect of the firm. At Diamond Ranch, the details are well thought out but not overly articulate...

"For Morphosis, the restrictions proved beneficial. They forced the architecture to constantly reexamine itself, to look to the immaterial for inspiration and solutions. In this and other recent projects, Mayne has moved to a new way to make architecture. For Diamond Ranch, his firm rose to the occasion, finding economy where before it might have sought the opposite, concentrating on large moves, a unifying formal language.

— Alice Kimm, "Morphosis Diamond in the Rough", ArchitectureWeek No. 4, 2000.0607

"Thom Mayne, who has been called the bad boy and angry young man of Los Angeles architecture, will be named today as the winner of this year's Pritzker Architecture Prize, considered the profession's highest honor. Mr. Mayne, 61, is the first American to win the prize in 14 years. ...

"Given his reputation as a maverick, Mr. Mayne's selection as this year's Pritzker laureate would seem to signal his induction into the establishment. Indeed, that shift would seem to have begun with his selection for three government projects now rising under the General Services Administration's program to promote "design excellence" in architecture: a glass federal office building in San Francisco that eliminates corner offices in favor of a democratic space, with city views for 90 percent of the workstations; a federal courthouse in Eugene, Ore., that elevates the courtrooms above a glass plinth; and a satellite facility, crowned with 16 antennas and partly submerged in the landscape, for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration outside Washington."

— Robin Pogrebin, "American Maverick Wins Pritzker Prize", New York Times, 2005.0321

Partner with Michael Rotondi up to 1991.


Pritzker Prize recipient, 2005

USC, 1968
Harvard GSD, 1978
Co-founder of SCI-ARC.

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Resources Sources on Thom Mayne - Morphosis

"Mayne Courthouse", by Kevin Matthews, ArchitectureWeek No. 316, 2007.0131, p1.

"Thom Mayne Pritzker Prize", by ArchitectureWeek, ArchitectureWeek No. 233, 2005.0330, pN1.1.

"Morphosis Prints Models", by Martin Doscher, ArchitectureWeek No. 205, 2004.0818, pT1.1.

"Morphosis Diamond in the Rough", by Alice Kimm, AIA, ArchitectureWeek No. 4, 2000.0607, pD1.1.'

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