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

I lived in a state of rage from 12 to 20. Until college, I was beyond an outsider. I was a voyeur of life.

Thom Mayne
I've always been interested in an architecture of resistance - architecture that has some power over the way we live. Working under adversarial conditions could be seen as a plus because you're offering alternatives. Still, there are situations that make you ask the questions: 'Do I want to be a part of this?'
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
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

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

Thom Mayne
You can't make anything authentic by asking people what they want because they don't know what they want. That's what they're looking at you for.
Thom Mayne

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

Thom Mayne
I'm interested in conflict and confrontation. Thom Mayn
Thom Mayne

The aesthetic of architecture has to be rooted in a broader idea about human activities like walking, relaxing and communicating. Architecture thinks about how these activities can be given added value.

Thom Mayne
I've been such an outsider my whole life.