It's too simplistic to advance the notion of the autonomy of art as a reason for turning away from the public. You can have autonomy and simultaneously have connections with the social and political world.

-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
Our idea of nature is increasingly being determined by scientific developments. And they have become decisive for our image of reality.
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
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 M

Thom Mayne
I think a lot of people have the Frank Lloyd Wright model in their brains. The architect comes in with this act of creation and lays it down, and that's it. But that's not me.
Thom Mayne

Architecture is involved with the world, but at the same time it has a certain autonomy. This autonomy cannot be explained in terms of traditional logic because the most interesting parts of the work are non-verbal. They operate within the terms of the work, like any art.

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

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

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