Multiple Agendas - Thom Mayne
From Kathryn Gentilello on March 3rd, 2017
Thom Mayne founded Morphosis in 1972 as a collective architectural practice engaged in cross-disciplinary research and design; today, the firm is based in Los Angeles, New York, and Shanghai, with projects built world-wide. Framing his lecture at Georgia Tech against this backdrop, Thom will trace the development of some of the major themes and interests that have defined Morphosis over forty years of practice, from their emergence in early Morphosis projects and explorations, to their realization in the diverse scales and project types that make up the firm’s current work. In each project, an examination of the built form reveals how the design process begins with and shaped by the specific questions we choose to acknowledge in our own investigation.
"Architecture is a way of seeing, thinking and questioning our world and our place in it. It requires a natural inquisitiveness, an openness in our observations, and a will to act in affirmation… it affects us directly and profoundly – it has the potential to impact behavior and the quality of everyday life." – Thom Mayne