I'm often called an old-fashioned modernist. But the modernists had the absurd idea that architecture could heal the world. That's impossible. And today nobody expects architects to have these grand visions any more.

-Thom Mayne
Thom Mayne

Architecture is a social activity that has to do with some sort of communication or places of interaction, and that to change the environment is to change behaviour.

Thom Mayne
My buildings don't speak in words but by means of their own spaciousness.
Thom Mayne

Look around at day-to-day life for ideas, and it finds its way into your work.

Thom Mayne
I've been such an outsider my whole life. Thom M
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
But I absolutely believe that architecture is a social activity that has to do with some sort of communication or places of interaction, and that to change the environment is to change behaviour.
Thom Mayne

Descriptions of my work depress me. They make me feel pinned down.

Thom Mayne
I'm not just influenced by the '60s - it's who I am. I grew up with Allen Ginsberg and Che Guevara. I flirted with various forms of communism when it was way out of style. It was this really strange and creative time in music and culture, and it was fabulous.
Thom Mayne

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

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