Thom Mayne, who is designing Bill & Melinda Gates Hall and the Cornell NYC Tech campus academic building, won the American Institute of Architects’ 2013 Gold Medal, one of the profession’s highest honors. Previous winners include LeCorbusier and Frank Lloyd Wright.
Mayne, dubbed “the bad boy and angry young man of Los Angeles architecture” by The New York Times, founded Morphosis, his Los Angeles-based practice, in 1972. He has said: “I like provoking people. It’s what you’re supposed to do.”