The 2013 AIA Gold Medal was awarded to Thom Mayne, founder of Los Angeles practice Morphosis and designer of several impressive public and institutional projects in the US.
The AIA commended Mayne’s palette of “bold, angular forms, exposed structural elements, and double-skin veils that play on notions of dynamic transparency”.
Former AIA Gold Medal Winner Antoine Predock, wrote in a letter of recommendation: “[Mayne] is one of the few architects able to head a large-scale, successful practice while influentially designing theoretical premises. The result has been a 40-year body of work that is intellectually rigorous and consistently searching.”
Mayne will be honoured at a an event in March in Washington, D.C. in addition to the 2013 AIA National Convention in Denver.
His portfolio includes Diamond Ranch High School in Pomona, California, which places students in the middle of a dramatically pitched canyon of concrete and corrugated metal.