Top 10 Quotes by Thom Mayne

Thom Mayne

I've learned that in order to achieve what I wanted, it made more sense to negotiate than to defend the autonomy of my work by pounding my fist on the table.

Thom Mayne
Who I am as an architect and the history of my work - that's clear to anybody who hires me. But I come in literally with nothing in my brain about what the building will look like.
Thom Mayne

I'm a private person by nature. I live in my brain half the time, not the world, and I'm not a natural negotiator. But I've learned to negotiate.

Thom Mayne
I've grown up a little bit. I understand the importance of the negotiation. It is a collective act.
Thom Mayne

I have a preference for rough architecture, real, inexpensive, unfinished. Thom Mayn

Thom Mayne
Do I provoke as a method of investigation? Of course. That's the essence of architecture. Do I do it with gusto? I do.
Thom Mayne

Somehow, architecture alters the way we think about the world and the way we behave. Any serious architecture, as a litmus test, has to be that.

Thom Mayne
Architecture is a negotiated art, and it's highly political, and if you want to make buildings, there is diplomacy required.
Thom Mayne

Architecture is the beginning of something because it's - if you're not involved in first principles, if you're not involved in the absolute, the beginning of that generative process, it's cake decoration.

Thom Mayne
I'm interested in conflict and confrontation.