Thom Mayne Lecture
Department of Architecture Fall 2014 Lecture Series
Thom Mayne founded Morphosis in 1972. As design director and thought leader of Morphosis, Mayne provides overall vision, project leadership, and direction to the firm. With Morphosis, Mayne has been the recipient of the 2005 Pritzker Architecture Prize, 25 Progressive Architecture awards, 102 American Institute of Architecture awards, and numerous other design recognitions.
Mayne was lead architect for the recently completed Bill and Melinda Gates Hall, which unites two departments at Cornell University — computer science and information science. According to Morphosis, the building "strives to capture and express the dynamic and transformative power of the discipline it houses." The building design itself was achieved through advanced computational modeling and CAD tools that are a "direct testament to the value of computing in the arts and sciences."
Throughout his career, Mayne has remained active in the academic world. In 1972, he helped to found the Southern California Institute of Architecture. Since then, he has held teaching positions at Columbia, Yale (Eliel Saarinen Chair in 1991), the Harvard Graduate School of Design (Eliot Noyes Chair in 1998), the Berlage Institute in the Netherlands, the Bartlett School of Architecture in London, and many other institutions around the world. Currently, he holds a tenured faculty position at the UCLA School of Arts and Architecture.