"I'm often called an old-fashioned modernist. But the modernists had the absurd idea that architecture could heal the world. That's impossible. And today nobody expects architects to have these grand visions any more."
"We shape our buildings thereafter they shape us."Thom Mayne on Winston Churchill
"Whatever good things we build end up building us."Thom Mayne on Jim Rohn
"I don't build in order to have clients. I have clients in order to build."Thom Mayne on Ayn Rand
"A building has integrity just like a man. And just as seldom."Thom Mayne on Ayn Rand
"Every great architect is - necessarily - a great poet. He must be a great original interpreter of his time, his day, his age."Thom Mayne on Frank Lloyd Wright
"My buildings don't speak in words but by means of their own spaciousness."
"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."
"Architecture is involved with the world, but at the same time it has a certain autonomy. This autonomy cannot be explained in terms of traditional logic because the most interesting parts of the work are non-verbal. They operate within the terms of the work, like any art."
"The aesthetic of architecture has to be rooted in a broader idea about human activities like walking, relaxing and communicating. Architecture thinks about how these activities can be given added value."
"You might say that when you step inside, you're entering a honorific space, but that's something totally different than experiencing it. And in architecture the experience comes first. That has the deepest effect on us."