Thom Mayne founded Morphosis in 1972 to develop an architecture that would eschew the normal bounds of traditional forms and materials and surpass the limiting dualism of modern and postmodern. As the firm steadily grows, currently with 40 architects and designers, Mr Mayne remains committed to the practice of architecture as a collective enterprise.
Thom Mayne was born in Connecticut in 1944. He proceeded to receive his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Southern California in 1968. While there he met five other students and educators with whom he would later join to create the Southern California Institute of Architecture, or SCI – Arc.
In 1978 he received his Master of Architecture from Harvard University.
He has held teaching positions of Columbia University, Harvard University (Elliot Noyes Chair, 1998), Yale University (Eliel Saarinen Chair, 1991), the Berlage Institute in the Netherlands and the Bartlett School of Architecture in London, and he has taught as a visiting professor around the world.
His commitment to the education of young designers has not wavered and currently he holds a tenured faculty position and the UCLA School of Arts and Architecture.
His distingued honors include the Rome Prize Fellowship from the American Academy of Design in Rome (1987), the Alumni of the Year Award from USC (1992), Member Elect from the American Academy of Arts and Letters (1992), the 2000 American Institute of Architects / Los Angeles Gold Medal in Architecture, and the Chrysler Design Award of Excellence (2001).
With Morphosis, Thom Mayne has been the recipient of 20 Progressive Architecture Awards, 43 A/A Awards and numerous other design recognitions.
Morphosis has been the subject of various exhibitions throughout the world : at the Contemporary Art Center n Cincinnati, Ohio, the Walker Arts Institute in Minneapolis, the Ministerio de Fomento in Madrid in 1998, and at the Netherlands Architectural Institute (NAI) in 1999.
Also Morphosis has been included in prestigious group exhibitions in Tokyo, London, Vienna, Buenos Aires, at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, as part of the End of Century : 100 Years of Architecture exhibition, and most recently, at the 2002 Venice Biennale.
Drawings, furniture and models produced by Morphosis are included in the permanent collections of such institutions as the MOMA in New York, MOMA San Francisco, the MAK Vienna, the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, and the FRAC Center in France.
Thom Mayne got the Pritzker Prize in 2005 and he will build the « Tour Phare » on the site of La Défense in Paris in 2012.