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Morphosis. 41 Cooper Square, New York, NY. Image by Iwan Baan.

Fumihiko Maki Lecture: Thom Mayne

November 9, 2012
5:30p Reception, 6:30p Lecture
Steinberg Auditorium

Thom Mayne will deliver the Fumihiko Maki Lecture, titled Combinatory Urbanism: The Complex Behavior of Collective Form, which will serve as the keynote for URBANISM(S): Sustainable Cities for One Planet. The two-day symposium will foster discussion and debate about the future of urban design education in a rapidly urbanizing world—one that is increasingly socially complex, economically integrated, and challenged by vasts shifts in natural resources.

Mayne founded Morphosis as an interdisciplinary and collective practice involved in experimental design and research. As lead designer and thought leader of Morphosis, he provides overall vision, project leadership, and direction to the firm. The Los Angeles-based firm currently employs more than 40 architects and designers, with offices in New York City and Shanghai.

Mayne's distinguished honors include the Pritzker Prize (2005). 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 been the recipient of 25 Progressive Architecture Awards, more than 100 American Institute of Architecture 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, the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, and a major retrospective at the Netherlands Architecture Institute in 1999. Morphosis' buildings and projects have been published extensively; the firm has been the subject of 23 monographs, including five by Rizzoli, two by Korean Architect, two by El Croquis (Spain), one by G.A. Japan, one by Phaidon, and one by Equal Books (Korea).

Throughout his career, Mayne has remained active in the academic world. In 1972, he helped 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. His commitment to the education of young designers has not wavered. There has always been a symbiotic relationship between Mayne's teaching and practice, evidenced by his commitment to the recent sustainable, affordable housing project for the Make It Right Foundation in New Orleans, which he developed with UCLA students. Currently, he holds a tenured faculty position at UCLA Architecture and Urban Design.

Fumihiko Maki Lecture

The Fumihiko Maki Lecture recognizes annually an architect of international reputation whose work advances the optimism and strength of modern architecture. The lecture was established by the Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design to honor renowned architect and former faculty member Fumihiko Maki, architect of Steinberg Hall, Earl E. and Myrtle E. Walker Hall, and the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, all part of the Sam Fox School complex. Past Maki lecturers have included Ben van Berkel, David Chipperfield, Charles Correa, Tom Kundig, James Polshek, Steven Holl, Herman Hertzberger, and Wang Shu, among others.

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