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

For me the meaning of my work is much more fluid.

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

I'm interested in conflict and confrontation.

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

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'm a private person by nature. I live in my brain half the time, not the world, and I'm not a natural negotiator. But I've learned to negotiate.
Thom Mayne

Scientific reality is the modern human condition, and you can see that in the symbolic nature of my work.

Thom Mayne
I don't know any architects that I respect who don't have their own voice. I think the difference between architecture and the other arts is your immersion in reality.
Thom Mayne

We only exist in terms of how we think we exist. Meaning every cultural development is fabricated and can be fabricated.

Thom Mayne
In architecture, you arrive so late. I look at doctors, lawyers I know, and they're all buying boats and bailing out at 62. My career is just getting started.