Thom Mayne Architect, Morphosis
Thom Mayne, the 2005 Pritzker Architecture Prize laureate, is the founder and design principal of Morphosis, an interdisciplinary and collective architectural practice in Los Angeles involved in innovative design and rigorous research. The firm’s work ranges from residential, institutional, and civic buildings to large urban planning projects. The emphasis is on a collaboration between designers and client that takes into account the unique requirements and aesthetic opportunities presented by the project, its site, and its context. Mayne received his Master of Architecture from Harvard University. He was founder of the Southern California Institute of Architecture and has taught at Columbia, Harvard, Yale, the Berlage Institute (Netherlands), and the Bartlett School of Architecture in London. He is currently a faculty member at the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture. In addiition to the Prizker Prize, his honors include the National Design Award for Architecture (2006), Rome Prize Fellowship, membership in the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the American Institute of Architects/Los Angeles Gold Medal in Architecture (2000).