Thom Mayne founded Morphosis as a collective architectural practice engaged in cross-disciplinary research and design. As Design Director and thought leader of Morphosis, Mayne provides overall vision and project leadership to the firm. With permanent offices in Los Angeles and New York City, the firm currently employs over 50 architects and designers.
Mayne’s distinguished honors include the Pritzker Prize (2005) and the AIA Gold Medal (2013). He was appointed to the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities in 2009, and was honored with the American Institute of Architects Los Angeles Gold Medal in 2000. With Morphosis, Thom Mayne has been the recipient of 25 Progressive Architecture Awards, over 100 American Institute of Architecture Awards and numerous other design recognitions. Under Mayne’s direction, the firm has been the subject of various group and solo exhibitions throughout the world, including a large solo exhibition at the Centre Pompidou in Paris in 2006, the Contemporary Art Center in Cincinnati, the Walker Arts Institute in Minneapolis, and a major retrospective at the Netherlands Architectural Institute in 1999. Morphosis buildings and projects have been published extensively; the firm has been the subject of 23 monographs, including five by Rizzoli, two by Korean Architect, two by El Croquis (Spain), one by G.A. Japan, one by Phaidon, and one by Equal Books (Korea).
Throughout his career, Mayne has remained active in the academic world. In 1972, he helped to found the Southern California Institute of Architecture. Since then, he has held teaching positions at Columbia, Yale (the Eliel Saarinen Chair in 1991), the Harvard Graduate School of Design (Eliot Noyes Chair in 1998), the Berlage Institute in the Netherlands, the Bartlett School of Architecture in London, and many other institutions around the world. There has always been a symbiotic relationship between Mayne’s teaching and practice, evidenced in his concurrent position as Executive Director of the Now Institute at UCLA, a research and design initiative focusing on applying strategic urban thinking to real world issues. He is a tenured Professor at UCLA Architecture and Urban Design since 1993.
Eui-Sung Yi is an architect, urban planner, and design educator with a special interest in cross-cultural urbanisms. He is currently Design Principal at Morphosis Architects and Director of The Now Institute at UCLA. He received his Bachelor of Architecture at Cornell University and his Master of Architecture at Harvard University.
Yi has been involved with academia and scholarship for over 15 years in Asia and the U.S. Additionally, his experience includes cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural academic exchange programs for over ten years, with institutions such as University of California, Los Angeles; University of Southern California; Inha University, South Korea; Dalien Technical University; and Beijing University of Technology. Formerly, he served as the Director of the Master of Architecture programs at University of Southern California (USC) from 2007 – 2010. He has co-taught extensively in UCLA with Thom Mayne on urban research initiatives, including the PA Award-winning LA Now: Volume 3, 4. Additionally, he has been an AIA National Speaker on Urban Design and Sustainability for two National Conventions. His working relationship with Thom Mayne and Morphosis spans over 15 years.