Inside SCI-Arc


09.11.11 | SCI-Arc Graduation Pavilion
Thom Mayne, 2011 Commencement Address: Founder and Design Director, Morphosis; Member, SCI-Arc Board of Trustees

Thom Mayne Sunday, September 11, 5pm
Graduation Pavilion, SCI-Arc Campus

A product of the anti-establishment of the 1960s, Mayne was among seven faculty members and approximately forty students who left Cal Poly Pomona in 1972 to create SCI-Arc, "a college without walls." Since then, he has been a frequent guest, juror, lecturer and generous supporter of the school.

Founded as an interdisciplinary and collective practice involved in experimental design and rigorous research, Mayne's firm, Morphosis Architects, was formed in 1972, the first year of SCI-Arc's history. With Morphosis, Mayne has been the recipient of 25 Progressive Architecture awards, over 100 American Institute of Architects (AIA) awards and numerous other design recognitions. Under his direction, the firm has been the subject of various group and solo exhibitions.

Drawings, furniture, and models produced by Morphosis are included in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the San Francisco MOMA; the MAK in Vienna; the Israel Museum in Jerusalem; and the FRAC Centre in France. Some of his best-known commissions include the Caltrans Building in Los Angeles, the San Francisco Federal Building, 41 Cooper Square—The Cooper Union’s new academic building in Manhattan, the Phare Tower in Paris and the pre-fabricated housing prototype FLOAT House in New Orleans.