Design USA: Contemporary Innovation

THOM MAYNE

Crawford Residence, Montecito, CA. Completed: 1990. Kim Zwarts.
ARCHITECTURE DESIGN, 2006

Thom Mayne (American, b. 1942) is the principal of Morphosis, an architecture firm that embraces collaboration. The firm’s building projects, such as the Caltrans District 7 Headquarters in Los Angeles and the San Francisco Federal Building, assert themselves boldly in their surroundings. The split façade, crude industrial materials, and disquieting presence of Mayne’s recently completed Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York symbolize the city’s edgy, chaotic energy.

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