Santa Monica architect Thom Mayne has been named the 2007 recipient of the Maybeck Award for lifetime achievement in architectural design by the American Institute of Architects, California Council.

The Maybeck Award honors individual California architects for outstanding achievement in producing consistent, distinguished design for ten years or more.

Mayne, founder of the Santa Monica-based firm Morphosis, has made significant contributions over the past 35 years to the profession of architecture, architectural education and discourse, contemporary culture and the built environment, according to the American Institute of Architects.

Mayne has consistently sought new and different solutions to design problems while resisting specializing in any one particular building type, according to the institute, and his approach to design problems is to embrace each opportunity as a fresh beginning.

Mayne received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Southern California in 1968 and a Master of Architecture from Harvard University in 1978.

Mayne has been the recipient of 25 Progressive Architecture Awards, as well as 64 American Institute of Architects awards.

His work has been the subject of various group and solo exhibitions, including the major solo exhibition of Morphosis’ work at the Centre Pompidou in Paris last year.

The work and contributions of Mayne’s practice continue to evolve in response to the shifting social, cultural and technological conditions of contemporary society, according to the institute.

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