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04/04/24 THOM MAYNE ‘69 RECEIVES THE AIA CALIFORNIA LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

 

Thom Mayne ‘69, Pritzker Prize Laureate, FAIA Emeritus, and founder of Morphosis, is named recipient of this year’s AIA California Lifetime Achievement Award.


Over his five-decade career, Thom Mayne shaped the field of architecture and has become an icon of postmodernism for his building projects in and around Los Angeles and Southern California. He moved to California in the late 1960s to study at USC School of Architecture and went on to form Morphosis Architects and helped establish the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) in 1972.


Beginning from his earliest projects designing alley houses in Venice, California, Mayne has pushed the traditional boundaries of design to impact the way the industry thinks about performance, contextuality, representation, technology, and authorship.


“Thom Mayne’s work has not only represented the ethos of current culture but has also created it,” the AIA California Board of Directors noted in bestowing the award. “Spanning a half-century of practice, his collective body of work, i.e., writings, works on paper, buildings, and urban master plans, have collectively inspired our design thinking and reshaped built environments globally; through innovative, crafted, and sustainable architectural interventions across project type and scales. His elevated design style is recognized throughout the world. He sets the bar for lifetime achievement.”


See AIA California’s Press Release

 

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