Course Description The course reviews of the work of architect Thom Mayne from the beginnings of his experimental practice, Morphosis, through the many subsequent buildings whose forms and noteworthy characteristics testify to the architect’s relentless exploration of recurrent themes: ideas that eschew compromise and concepts that respond to context. Four buildings are here described to exemplify the concepts of interaction, distortion, curiosity, and incompleteness that inform Mayne’s programs. The course provides an exhaustive overview of Thom Mayne’s professional career, and his passion for new and revolutionary architectural forms.
Learning Objectives After reading this article and studying the drawings, you will be able to:
Analyze the cultural context of the period when Thom Mayne started his professional career with the creation of his practice Morphosis.
Detail the design features that indicate the architect’s awareness of sustainability issues.
Describe the importance of architectural contextualization.
Identify the distinguishing innovative features of the architect’s latest works showing his abiding passion for research and experimentation.