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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 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.
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
Antoine Predock Architect
Ateliers Jean Nouvel
BIG — Bjarke Ingels Group
Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
CTA Architects Engineers
David Chipperfield Architects
Eric Owen Moss
Foster + Partners
GMP Architekten von Gerkan, Marg und Partner
Hammel Green & Abrahamson Inc.
Henning Larsen Architects
Herzog and de Meuron Architekten
Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc.
Kohn Pederson and Fox
Leo A Daly
OMA Rem Koolhaas
Paul Andreu Architecte
Rafael Vinoly Architects
Renzo Piano Building Workshop
SANAA : Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa
Sidell Gibson Architects
Steven Holl Architects
Tadao Ando Architect & Associates (安藤忠雄建築研究所)
Taller de Arquitectura, Ricardo Bofill
Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects
Zaha Hadid Architects
Zimmer Gunsul Frasca (ZGF) Architects
(Thanks to Mark Rocha for assembling the Index)
Alan Locke was born in Scotland during the mid 1950’s, and initially worked in a factory after high school before deciding to go to college. He received his Bachelor of Science, Mechanical, and Industrial Engineering, from Napier University of Commerce and Technology, Edinburgh, Scotland, and went on to complete a Master of Science, Fuel Technology, from Middlesex University in London, UK (1). Locke worked for ARUP after university, and became the youngest director at the Los Angeles office in 1987.
Then, in 1999 Locke founded IBE Consulting Engineers. Since then, he has worked on over 100 projects such as schools, libraries, corporate office buildings, campus planning, and value engineering sessions (2). In addition, Alan Locke is currently an adjunct professor of Climatology and Environmental Control Systems at UCLA’s school of architecture (2).
His personal compassion for energy efficiency and cost effective designs is inspired by the economic restrictions the globe faces due to fuel and power scarcities.
“At the time, ‘green’ was a dirty word—it meant a ‘hippie’. Instead, we used terms like ‘energy efficiency’ and ‘comfort’ to make the case,” Alan Locke (3). As of 2011, Alan Locke is a principal engineer at IBE Consulting Engineers.
IBE Consulting Engineers
Main Office: SUNKIST BUILDING, 14130 Riverside Dr – Suite 201, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423, United States
Additional Office: 37 Rue de Villiers – 92200 Neuilly s/ Seine, Paris, France
Number of employees: 66
IBE Consulting Engineers was founded by Alan Locke in 1999 with a goal to integrate architecture and MEP systems in a way that promotes innovative engineering, sustainability and aesthetic design (1). As of 2011 Alan Locke and John Gautrey are the current partners for the company, and the principal engineers are Tony Cocea and Bungane Mehlomakulu. An early mechanical and plumbing project was the Temple Bat Yahm, Newport Beach, California. This temple and campus facility was started in 1999 with Lehrer Architects and completed in 2002 (2). The project utilized sustainable design using a mixed mode ventilation system, underfloor air conditioning, and fully glazed roofing (3).
The firm was also involved in the Water + Life Museum project, which was extremely successful as it became the world’s first LEED Platinum museum (4).Currently, the firm is expanding into Paris, France with similar goals of efficiency, innovation, and sustainability. As the MEP and sustainability consultants for Le Phare, the tower will feature: a wind turbine farm on the roof, a highly efficient chilled-water plant, multiple glass skin and facade designs for optimal solar gain and view (5).
(5) Brown, Jeff L.. Civil Engineering (08857024), Jun2009, Vol. 79 Issue 6, p14-15, 2p, 2 Color Photographs