Learning From The Master #3 – Thom Mayne

RAW in conjunction with OMAH are kindly to invite you to attend “learn form the master” afternoon class about Thom Mayne (founder of Morphosis) and Pritzker Prize 2005 winner. The class start at 17.00 (19 March 2015) and hosted by Rio Triwardana and Miftahudin Nurdayat who work in RAW Architecture, both of them were graduated from Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB).

Thom Mayne’s rational thinking formed his works which captured major media atention include the Caltrans District 7 Headquarters and the Science Education Resource Center / Science Center School, both completed in 2004 in Los Angeles. Based on Pritzker prize jury’s citation, Mayne’s approach toward architecture and his philosophy is not derived from European modernism, Asian influences, or even from American precedents of the last century. He has sought throughout his career to create an original architecture, one that is truly representative of the unique, somewhat rootless, culture of Southern California, especially the architecturally rich city of Los Angeles. Like the Eameses, Neutra, Schindler, and Gehry before him, Thom Mayne is an authentic addition to the tradition of innovative, exciting architectural talent that flourishes on the West Coast. Following the firm’s early projects and his role in founding an unorthodox school of architecture, “SCI-ARC,” he and his partner in Morphosis, Michael Rotondi, separated and Mayne entered a period of few built projects, which tested his mettle, determination and passion for his chosen profession. Gradually, however, clients both public and private began to acknowledge and be attracted to Mayne’s bold forms, original palette of materials and design authenticity.
In 1972, Mayne abruptly left Cal Poly Pomona and collaborated with five other students and educators whom he met at while at USC, to create the Southern California Institute of Architecture, or SCI-Arc. The rift was due to differences between the dean at Cal Poly at the time and Ray Kappe, who headed the school’s architecture department.The goal of the new institute was to reinvigorate formal architectural education with a keener sense of social conscience.SCI-Arc was “to bring to Los Angeles the critical attitude toward the profession that was being practiced at Cooper Union in New York and the Architectural Association in London.”
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