Born in 1944 in Waterbury, Connecticut, Thom Mayne began his studies at the University of Southern California in 1965. He founded Morphosis with Michel Rotondi in Santa Monica in 1972 before going on to complete his education at Harvard University in 1978. He has taught at UCLA, Harvard, Yale, Columbia, and the Berlage Institute, as well as the Bartlett School in London. From 1972 to 1999, Thom Mayne participated in the creation of the Southern California Institute of Architecture (Sci–Arc), internationally recognized for its experimental vision of architecture. His major works include Houses 2-4-6-8 (1978), the Venice III House (1982 – 1986), the Crawford Residence (1988 – 1990), Diamond Ranch High School in Pomona (1994 – 1999), the Caltrans District 7 headquarters (2001 – 2004), and more recently the Phare Tower at La Defense in Paris (2006 – under construction).
In 2005, Morphosis was awarded the Pritzker Prize. Utilizing the perception gained by mechanically breaking out and analyzing the contemporary conditions of architecture and the city, Thom Mayne succeeds in articulating the complexity of urban phenomena and their aesthetic dimensions in his architecture. The context, whether immediate or more general, as in the issue of ecology for example, participates in the construction of hybrid machines that incorporate the material and symbolic dynamics of the city.
© Reiner Zettl
this video :
Thom Mayne speech video
Friday, 2nd October 2009
at Centre Pompidou
In pictures :
1. Village olympique NYC 2012 – NYC 2012 Olympic Village, New York, US, 2004
2. World Trade Center, New York, US, 2002