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

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

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

So we can't go backwards, we can only go where the evolutionary trajectory is taking us and attune our ideas about ourselves and our existence to that course.

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'm not a tabula rasa type. In some ways, the more constraints I have, the work is more interesting to me.

Thom Mayne
For me the meaning of my work is much more fluid.
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
I've been such an outsider my whole life. Thom M