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Male, US, born 1944-01-19

Associated with the firms network

Gruen, Victor, Associates, Architecture / Planning / Engineering; Morphosis Architects, Incorporated

Professional History


Urban Planner, Gruen Associates, Los Angeles, CA, c. 1969-1970. Mayne worked with Gruen architect Ki Suh Park (born c. 1933 in Seoul, Korea-d. 01/16/2013 in Stanford, CA).

Founding Partner, Morphosis, Architects, Incorporated, Santa Monica, CA, 1972- . Mayne first established Morphosis with Livio Santini, James Stafford and Michael Brickler. In 1975, Michael Rotondi, a fellow instructor at SCI-Arc, came into the firm, becoming a key collaborator with Mayne.

Morphosis had its offices at 2041 Colorado Ave, Santa Monica, CA, 90404. It later moved to 3440 Wesley Street, Culver City, CA 90232. In 2021, Morphosis had branch offices in New York, NY (153 West 27th Street, Suite #1200); Dubai, Arab Emirates; Seoul, South Korea; Shanghai, China.


Lecturer, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, Pomona, CA, c. 1971-1972.

Professor, University of California, Los Angeles, (UCLA), Department of Architecture and Urban Design, Westwood, Los Angeles, CA, 1993 – 2019.

Visiting Professor, Yale University, School of Architecture, New Haven, CT, 1991. Mayne held the Eliel Saarinen Chair at Yale in 1991.

Visiting Professor, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, Graduate School of Design (GSD), Cambridge, MA. Mayne occupied the Eliot Noyes Chair at Harvard's GSD in 1998.

Visiting Professor, Berlage Institute, Netherlands.

Visiting Professor, Southern California School of Architecture (SCI-Arc), Los Angeles, CA, Fall 2013.

Visiting Professor, Cornell University, School of Architecture, Ithaca, NY, Fall 2013.

Practice Professor of Architecture and Paul Philippe Cret Professor in the Associated Faculty, University of Pennsylvania (Penn), Graduate Architecture Program, Philadelphia, PA, Fall 2015.

Visiting Professor, Bartlett School of Architecture, London, England.

Professional Activites

Member, American Institute of Architects (AIA).

Member, President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities under President Obama.

Juror, Treehouse Competition, Los Angeles, CA. This competition judged at Edgemar, Santa Monica, CA, 1999.

Mayne delivered the Louis I. Kahn Memorial Lecture at the Philadelphia Center for Architecture in 2009.

Mayne delivered the commencement address at the University of Pennsylvania (Penn), Graduate Architecture Program, graduation ceremony, Philadelphia, PA, 05/16/2016..

Professional Awards

Recipient, American Academy, Rome Prize Fellowship, Rome, Italy, 1987.

Recipient, American Academy of Arts and Letters, Brunner Prize or Award in Architecture, New York, NY, 1992.

Recipient, AIA, Los Angeles Chapter, Los Angeles Gold Medal, 2000.

Recipient, Chrysler Design Institute, Chrysler Design Award, 2001, Chrysler Group, Auburn Hills, MI, 2001. This awards program lasted from 1993 until 2002.

Recipient, Progressive Architecture Award, Architecture Magazine for Palenque at Centro JVC, a cultural center in Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico;

Morphosis also won Design Awards from American Institute of Architects (AIACC), California Council, for the Hypo Alpe-Adria-Center, Klagenfurt, Austria, and For Graduate Student Housing, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, c. 2002.

Recipient, Pritzker Prize for Architecture, Hyatt Foundation, Chicago, IL, 2005.

Recipient, MacDowell Colony, Edward MacDowell Medal, Peterborough, NH, 08/10/2008. Members of the selection committee included Billie Tsien of Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects, New York, NY; William Rawn of William Rawn Associates, Architects, Boston, MA; Calvin Tsao, partner of Tsao and McKown Architects, New York, NY; Frederick Clarke, Partner in Pelli Clarke Pelli, Architects, New Haven, CT.

Recipient, California State Polytechnic University (Cal Poly Pomona), Pomona, Neutra Medal for Professional Excellence, Pomona, CA, 2011.

Recipient, AIA, National Organization, Gold Medal, Washington, DC, 2013.



B.Arch., University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, 1968.

M.Arch., Harvard University, Graduate School of Design, Cambridge, MA, 1978.



Mayne was born in Waterbury, CT.

He attended the University of Southern California (USC), graduating in the turbulent year of 1968. After USC, he got into teaching, working first at the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, which he left with a number of other faculty members, most notably Ray Kappe, to organize the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) in 1972.


Mayne married Blythe Alison (born c. 1952) on 08/07/1981 in Los Angeles, CA. (See, Source Information California, U.S., Marriage Index, 1960-1985 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2007, accessed 12/08/2021.)

When she graduated from El Dorado High School in Placentia, CA, her name was "Blythe Porcella."

Biographical Notes

He went by the name "Thom." In some documents his last name has been written "Alison-Mayne" or "Alisonmayne."

Associated Locations

  • Waterbury, CT (Architect's Birth)
    Waterbury, CT

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2-4-6-8 House, Venice, Los Angeles, CA1978Los AngelesCA
2012 Olympic Village Project, Queens, New York, NYQueensNY
Blades House #2, Santa Barbara, CA1992-1997Santa BarbaraCA
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Comprehensive Cancer Care Center, Los Angeles, CA1987Los AngelesCA
County of Orange, Segerstrom Center for the Arts #2, Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA), Costa Mesa, CA2019-2022Costa MesaCA
Crawford House, Montecito, CA1987-1992MontecitoCA
Denver Museum of Art (DAM) Addition Project, Denver, CODenverCO
Europaische Zentralbank Stage II Project, Frankfurt, Germany2003-2004Frankfurt-am-Main
Hypo Alpe-Adria-Center, Klagenfurt, Austria2002KlagenfurtCarinthia
Lawrence House
Lawrence House, Hermosa Beach, CA1983-1984Hermosa BeachCA
Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD), International Elementary School, Long Beach, CA1997-1998Long BeachCA
Los Angeles Free Clinic, Los Angeles, CA1989-1990Los AngelesCA
Mantilini, Kate, Restaurant, Beverly Hills, CA1985Beverly HillsCA
Mayne, Thom and Blythe Alison, House, Cheviot Hills, Los Angeles, CA2017
Mayne, Thom, House, Santa Monica, CASanta MonicaCA
Palenque at Centro JVC, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico2001
Salick Healthcare Administrative Headquarters, West Hollywood, CA1990-1991West HollywoodCA
State of California, Department of Transportation (Caltrans), District 7 Headquarters, Downtown, Los Angeles, CA2003-2005Los AngelesCA
United States Government, Department of Justice, Morse, Wayne Lyman, Courthouse, Downtown, Eugene, OR2006EugeneOR
United States Government, Federal Office Building #3, San Francisco, CA2003-2007San FranciscoCA
University of Toronto, Graduate Student Housing, Toronto, ON, Canada2000TorontoON
Yuzen Vintage Car Museum ProjectWest HollywoodCA
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