Morphosis Architects Chosen to Design the Korean American National Museum
Founded in 1972, Morphosis is an interdisciplinary practice involved in rigorous design and research that yields innovative, iconic buildings and urban environments. With founder Thom Mayne serving as design director, the firm today consists of a group of more than 60 professionals, who remain committed to the practice of architecture as a collaborative enterprise. With projects worldwide, the firm’s work ranges in scale from residential, institutional, and civic buildings to large urban planning projects.
Thom Mayne was a founding member of the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc). He has held faculty positions at SCI-Arc, California Polytechnic State University, Pomona, and the University of California, Los Angeles. Mayne was the recipient of the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2005.
Eui-Sung Yi is a Design Principal at Morphosis and the Director of the NOW Institute at UCLA. He received his Bachelor of Architecture at Cornell University and his Master of Architecture at Harvard University. Previously, he was the Vice President of Design at Chang-jo Architects in Korea. During this period, Yi oversaw the completion of his competition winning Korean Embassy in Tokyo, Japan and the Korean Consulate in Guangzhou, China.
Morphosis has created award-winning buildings around the world, specifically, the Emerson College Los Angeles campus and the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. Other projects include the Bill and Melinda Gates Hall at Cornell, Shenzhen Office Tower in China, and Kolon One & Only Tower in Seoul. Most recently, they created the Orange County Museum of Art in Costa Mesa.