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Thom Mayne received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Southern California in 1968. While there he met five other students and educators with whom he would later join to create the Southern California Institute of Architecture, or SCI-Arc.

A selected list of Morphosis’ more recent award-winning projects include:


  • Progressive Architecture Award / Palenque at Centro JVC
  • National AIA Honor Award / Lutèce
  • National AIA Honor Award / Hypo-Alpe-Adria Center
  • National AIA Honor Award / Diamond Ranch High School


  • GSA Design Award Citation / United States Courthouse
  • GSA Design Award Citation / NOAA Satellite Operations Facility
  • National AIA Honor Award / Tsunami

Thom Mayne’s distinguished honors include:

  • Chrysler Design Award of Excellence, 2001
  • 2000 American Institute of Architects / Los Angeles Gold Medal in Architecture
  • Member Elect from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, 1992
  • Alumni of the Year Award from USC, 1992
  • Rome Prize Fellowship from the American Academy of Design in Rome, 1987

He can be reached at:

Morphosis 2041

Colorado Avenue

Santa Monica, CA 90404


You: What time is it?

Me: What time do you want it to be?

You: Huh!

“The constancy of time gives birth at one and the same moment to a logic and a contradiction to that logic….seldom 1, 2, 3, 4…more, likely 3, 12, 8, 5”

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