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
Thom Mayne

Architecture is the story of how we see ourselves. It is the architect's job to service everyday life.

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

No matter what I've done, what I've tried to do, everybody says it can't be done. And it's continuous across the complete spectrum of the various kind of realities that you confront with your ideas.

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

I enjoy working with people. I understand that as a necessity. And clearly that's something that develops as you get older. And I've grown into that.

Thom Mayne
Art in progress. MAK has occupied a unique and valuable space as international host for discourse between the arts and architecture.
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
So at a time in which the media give the public everything it wants and desires, maybe art should adopt a much more aggressive attitude towards the public. I myself am very much inclined to take this position.
Thom Mayne

I'm interested in conflict and confrontation.

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.