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

The multiplicity of ideas is what Im interested in.

Thom Mayne
I've been such an outsider my whole life.
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
I fought violently for the autonomy of architecture. It's a very passive, weak profession where people deliver a service. You want a blue door, you get a blue door. You want it to look neo-Spanish, you get neo-Spanish. Architecture with any authenticity represents resistance. Resistance is a good thing.
Thom Mayne

So I am totally aware that when I defend the autonomy of art I'm going counter to my own development. It's more an instinctive reaction, meant to protect the private aspect of the work, the part I am most interested in and which nowadays is at risk in our culture.

Thom Mayne
New York is this cacophony - a collection of radical differences, an agreement of non sequiturs. The diversity and intensity are startling.
Thom Mayne

Architecture is a result of a process of asking questions and testing them and re-interrogating and changing in a repetitive way.

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

We're producing spaces that accommodate human activity. And what I'm interested in is not the styling of that, but the relationship of that as it enhances that activity. And that directly connects to ideas of city-making.

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.