"The huge problem in our society is the enormous ignorance of the ideas that underlie modern art."
"You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty."Thom Mayne on Mahatma Gandhi
"An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life."Thom Mayne on Robert A. Heinlein
"It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society."Thom Mayne on Jiddu Krishnamurti
"A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both."Thom Mayne on Dwight D. Eisenhower
"There is more to life than increasing its speed."Thom Mayne on Mahatma Gandhi
"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."
"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."
"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."