April 24, 2016 Pritzker Prize Recipient, Thom Mayne, Lectures April 30, Bijou

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Click here to watch Thom Mayne’s lecture presented on April 30, 2016, as part of the College of Architecture and Design’s 50th anniversary.  Thanks to General Shale for presenting the lecture.



Thom Mayne, founder of the international architectural practice, Morphosis, and 2005 recipient of the prestigious Pritzker Prize, presented the lecture, Negotiating a Private Agenda, at Bijou Theatre, 803 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, on Saturday, April 30, 2016.

The lecture began at 3:30 p.m., and doors opened at 2:30 p.m.  It was free and open to the public.  Following the lecture, Mayne signed copies of one of his books, Combinatory UrbanismThe book was purchased at the signing at a discounted price.

The lecture was the General Shale Keynote Lecture, part of the 50th anniversary celebration of the College of Architecture and Design.

In addition to winning the Pritzker Prize, Mayne also was awarded the American Institute of Architects Gold Medal in 2013 and the Chrysler Design Award of Excellence in 2001, and in 2009, he was appointed to the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities.  Mayne founded Morphosis in 1972 as a collective architectural practice engaged in cross-disciplinary research and design, and with Morphosis, he has received 26 Progressive Architecture Awards and more than 100 AIA awards, among others.  Additionally, Morphosis has been the subject of 33 monographs and has exhibited around the world.

Most recently, the design of the 73-story Hanking Center Tower in Shenzhen, China, earned the 2016 AIA P/A Award.  According to the AIA Journal, Architect, “…the project is an innovative take on the skyscraper typology, relying not merely on simple formal tweaks but rather a more radical repositioning of its core.”

Mayne has held teaching positions at Columbia, Yale, Harvard and schools in the Netherlands, London and others.  Currently, he holds the position of executive director of the Now Institute at UCLA, an initiative to apply urban thinking to real-world issues.  More on Thom Mayne, Morphosis and the lecture is here.

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