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Thom Mayne.

Pritzker Prize-winning architect Thom Mayne founded his Santa Monica, California, firm, Morphosis, in 1971.

Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate Thom Mayne and his partners founded Morphosis Architects, a Santa Monica-based firm, in 1971.

Specializing in an urban planning-type approach with what Morphosis calls “combinatory urbanism” and “ecotopia,” the highly collaborative staff of over 40 architects and designers has won more than 100 prestigious awards and recognition. The team has developed architecture around the world for universities, hospitals and even for the federal government.

Morphosis is known for developing layered architecture that eschews the normal bounds of traditional form. For example, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science features a 54-foot, continuous-flow escalator contained in a 150-foot, glass-enclosed, tube-like structure that dramatically extends outside the building. Unexpected details such as these define Mayne’s style.

The boldest piece of modern architecture to hit Dallas." - The Dallas Morning News