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McKelvey School of Engineering

Lecture: Thom Mayne

Friday, July 24, 2020 | 4:00 PM

Thom Mayne, Pritzker Prize-winning architect and founder of Morphosis Architects, will deliver a lecture about combinatoric design methods in associate professor Chandler Ahrens’ summer studio The Past's Future, followed by a discussion. Mayne will share his thoughts about the design methodology he has been developing over the past 40 years through the work in his office and teaching. The combinatoric design process involves formal, geometric combination that is intimately tied to programmatic, social and performative aspects.

Event Type

Lectures & Presentations


Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts


Arts & Culture, Humanities & Society



Event Contact

Melissa Meinzer | mmeinzer@wustl.edu

Speaker Information

About the Summer Studio

The Past’s Future is a summer studio for graduate and undergraduate architecture students that focuses on a combinatoric design process, which involves the combination of geometry as well as narrative. The studio explores issues of design innovation by looking to the past to predict alternate futures, specifically looking back at the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition (often called the St. Louis World’s Fair) and create proposals for a speculative world's fair in 2045.

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