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Thom Mayne, founder of the international architectural practice Morphosis and 2005 recipient of the prestigious Pritzker Prize, will present “Negotiating a Private Agenda” at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, April 30.

Thom MayneThe General Shale keynote lecture is part of the College of Architecture and Design’s fiftieth anniversary weekend. Free and open to the public, the lecture is at the Bijou Theatre, 803 S. Gay Street. Doors open at 2:30 p.m.

Following the lecture, Mayne will sign copies of his book Combinatory Urbanism, which can be purchased at the signing for a discounted price.

In addition to winning the Pritzker Prize, Mayne was awarded the American Institute of Architects Gold Medal in 2013 and the Chrysler Design Award of Excellence in 2001. In 2009, he was appointed to the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities. He has received twenty-six Progressive Architecture Awards and more than 100 AIA awards, among others.

Mayne founded Morphosis in 1972 as a collective architectural practice engaged in cross-disciplinary research and design. The practice has been the subject of thirty-three monographs with exhibits around the world.

Most recently, the firm’s design of the seventy-three-story Hanking Center Tower in Shenzhen, China, earned the 2016 AIA P/A Award. According to the AIA journal Architect, “The project is an innovative take on the skyscraper typology, relying not merely on simple formal tweaks but rather a more radical repositioning of its core.”

Mayne has held teaching positions at Columbia, Yale, and Harvard universities, as well as schools in the Netherlands and London, among others. He also serves as executive director of the University of California, Los Angeles’ Now Institute, an initiative to apply urban thinking to real-world issues.



Amanda F. Johnson (865-974-6401, amandajohnson@utk.edu)

Tyra Haag (865-974-5460, tyra.haag@tennessee.edu)