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Top architect to discuss creative process, April 26

Thom Mayne, winner of the 2005 Pritzker Architecture Prize, the profession's highest honor, will talk about the creative process in a lecture titled "Work in Progress #131" at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 26, in 101 Friend Center.

Mayne is the founder and design principal of the Santa Monica, Calif.-based firm Morphosis. He recently won a major international competition to design a new Paris skyscraper, the Phare Tower, which is due to be completed in 2012.

Mayne founded Morphosis in 1972 as a firm committed to the practice of architecture as an interdisciplinary and collective enterprise. The firm's work ranges from residential, institutional and civic buildings to large urban planning projects. Its recent projects include the Science Center School in Los Angeles, the University of Cincinnati's Campus Recreation Center and the Hypo Alpe-Adria Center, a vast office complex in Klagenfurt, Austria. Mayne's drawings, models and furniture are displayed in museums throughout the world.

Mayne is a professor of architecture at the University of California-Los Angeles and also has taught at Columbia, Harvard and Yale universities, the Berlage Institute in the Netherlands and the Bartlett School of Architecture in London.

The talk is designated as a Stafford Little Lecture and is sponsored by the University Public Lecture Series.

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