Morphosis, Emerson College Los Angeles.

Ruth Kahn Lynford Lecture: Thom Mayne

March 23, 2018
6p Reception, 6:30p Lecture
Steinberg Auditorium

Thom Mayne, founder and design director of Morphosis, will deliver the annual Ruth Kahn Lynford Lecture, titled The Vastness of Interconnectedness. The lecture is taking place in conjunction with this year's Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design Open House.

Mayne founded Morphosis in 1972 as a collective practice involved in architecture, urban design, and research. His honors include the Pritzker Prize (2005) and the AIA Gold Medal (2013). He was appointed to the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities in 2009, and was honored with the American Institute of Architects Los Angeles Gold Medal in 2000. With Morphosis, Mayne has received 27 Progressive Architecture Awards, over 100 AIA Awards, and numerous other design recognitions. Under his direction, the firm has been the subject of various group and solo exhibitions throughout the world, including a large solo exhibition at the Centre Pompidou in Paris in 2006. Morphosis' buildings and projects have been published extensively; the firm has been the subject of 33 monographs.

Throughout his career, Mayne has remained active in the academic world. In 1972, he helped to found the Southern California Institute of Architecture. Since then, he has held teaching positions at Columbia University, Yale University (the Eliel Saarinen Chair in 1991), the Harvard Graduate School of Design (Eliot Noyes Chair in 1998), the Berlage Institute in the Netherlands, the Bartlett School of Architecture in London, and many other institutions around the world. There has always been a symbiotic relationship between Mayne's teaching and practice, evidenced in his concurrent position as executive director of the Now Institute at UCLA, a research and design initiative focusing on applying strategic urban thinking to real-world issues. He has been a tenured professor at UCLA Architecture and Urban Design since 1993.