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With founder Thom Mayne serving as design principal, morphosis, (meaning to form or be in formation) is a dynamic architectural practice with projects worldwide, ranging in scale from residential, institutional, and civic buildings to large urban planning projects.

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Designed by Morphosis, this new addition to the Cooper Union seeks to bind the school's Art, Architecture and Engineering departments by conceiving of the building as a 'stacked vertical piazza', organized around a central atrium that acts as a connective volume. More

Profile of Morphosis

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Thom Mayne

Founded in 1972, Morphosis is an interdisciplinary practice involved in rigorous design and research that yields innovative, iconic buildings and urban environments.

Today, as the scale and sophistication of the California-based firm's projects continue to grow, Morphosis consists of a group of more than 40 professionals, who remain committed to the practice of architecture as a collective and interdisciplinary enterprise.

Morphosis is a dynamic and evolving practice that responds to the shifting social, cultural, political, and technological conditions of modern life. With projects worldwide, the firm's work ranges in scale from residential, institutional, and civic buildings to large urban planning projects.

The firm also invests significant creative energy in drawing and in the design of functional objects and furniture.

Thom Mayne was named the 2005 Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate, the profession's highest honor, and Morphosis has been the subject of extensive publications and exhibitions throughout the world.

Thom Mayne, Biography

Thom Mayne received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Southern California in 1968 and his Master of Architecture from Harvard University in 1978.

He was a founder of the Southern California Institute of Architecture and has held teaching positions at 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. Currently, he holds a tenured faculty position at the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture.

Thom Mayne, Distinguished Honors

  • 2005 Pritzker Prize Laureate
  • 2000 American Institute of Architects/Los Angeles Gold Medal in Architecture
  • 1992 Alumni of the Year Award from USC
  • 1992 Member Elect from the American Academy of Arts and Letters
  • 1987 Rome Prize Fellowship from the American Academy of Design in Rome

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