Top 10 Quotes by Thom Mayne

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 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

In Paris, there has to be a presence. History becomes the most interesting when it's compared to the present. I mean there's a whole group of people that want to build new buildings that look like old buildings.

Thom Mayne
The multiplicity of ideas is what Im interested in.
Thom Mayne

I've been such an outsider my whole life.

Thom Mayne
I believe that artistic activities change people. You do effect change. I see architecture as a political, social and cultural act - that is its primary role.
Thom Mayne

You might say that when you step inside, you're entering a honorific space, but that's something totally different than experiencing it. And in architecture the experience comes first. That has the deepest effect on us.

Thom Mayne
I enjoy working with people. I understand that as a necessity. And clearly that's something that develops as you get older. And I've grown into that.
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
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.