American Institute of Architects, San Francisco Chapter

SOLD OUT: An Afternoon with Thom Mayne, FAIA, Founder of Morphosis Architects (1 LU)

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Join Thom Mayne, FAIA for a presentation on his innovative firm, Morphosis, followed by a Q&A with the speaker.

Founded in 1972, Morphosis is an interdisciplinary practice involved in rigorous design and research that yields innovative, iconic buildings and urban environments. With founder Mayne serving as design director, the firm today consists of a group of more than 40 professionals, who remain committed to the practice of architecture as a collaborative enterprise. With projects worldwide, the firm’s work ranges in scale from residential, institutional, and civic buildings to large urban planning projects. Named after the Greek term, morphosis, meaning to form or be in formation, Morphosis is a dynamic and evolving practice that responds to the shifting and advancing social, cultural, political and technological conditions of modern life. Over the past 30 years, Morphosis has received 25 Progressive Architecture awards, over 100 American Institute of Architects (AIA) awards, and numerous other honors.

Speaker Bio

Thom Mayne has been a committed educator in architecture for over 40 years. His firm, Morphosis, is engaged in broader social, cultural, urban, political and ecological issues which he brings to his teaching.

Mayne's distinguished honors include the Pritzker Prize (2005) and the AIA Gold Medal (2013). He was appointed to the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities in 2000. With Morphosis, Thom Mayne has been the recipient of 25 Progressive Architecture Awards, over 100 American Institute of Architecture Awards and numerous other design recognitions. Morphosis works have been published extensively. The firm has been the subject of numerous exhibitions and 25 monographs.

Mayne's significant contributions to architectural education include the highly regarded L.A. Now and Madrid Now initiatives. Under Mayne's direction, UCLA students won the 2005 PA Award for "L.A. Now: Volume 3,4." There has always been a symbiotic relationship between Mayne's teaching and practice, evidenced in his commitment to the recent sustainable, affordable housing project for the Make It Right Foundation in New Orleans developed with UCLA students. He is a UCLA professor since 1992.