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Los Angeles:
3440 Wesley Street
Culver City, California 90232

New York:
153 West 27th Street Suite 1200
New York, New York 10001

Modern Architecture
Urban Design and Planning
Research and Development

Firm History:

Morphosis Architects was founded in 1972 by Thom Mayne and later Michael Rotundi. The two partners also established the well known Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) in 1972. The name of the firm came directly from the Greek word “morphosis”, meaning to form or be in formation. This idea of adaptation is seen through the company’s progressive and advanced architecture all across the globe. From residential design to large scale urban planning, Morphosis continues to create innovative projects worldwide. Thom Mayne remains the head design director overseeing about 50 other professionals in the firm. Morphosis has won 25 Progressive Architecture awards along with over 100 American Institute of Architects (AIA) awards. Today, the firm continues to produce technologically advanced structures that respond to the modern society and culture.

Thom Mayne:

Thom Mayne was born on January 19, 1944 in Waterbury, Connecticut. He was educated at the University of Southern California and the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. While still in school, Mayne helped to found the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) and the architecture firm Morphosis. Regarded worldwide for his innovative designs, Mayne won the Pritzker Architecture Prize in March 2005, along with many other honors. Under the Design Excellence program of the United States Government General Service Administration, he has become a leading architect for federal projects. This has led Morphosis to complete several federal buildings across the United States, including the San Francisco Federal Building and the Wayne L. Morse United States Courthouse. Today, Mayne remains a principal at Morphosis and a trustee at SCI-Arc.

Selected Projects:

Federal Building – San Fransisco, California

Emerson College Los Angeles Center – Los Angeles, California

Phare Tower – Paris, France

Diamond Ranch High School – Pomona, California

International Elementary School – Long Beach, California

41 Cooper Square – New York City, New York

Written by Robbie Kolovson

August 30, 2011 at 3:08 am

Posted in Architects

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