Michael Pawlyn

Director, Exploration Architecture

Michael Pawlyn established Exploration Architecture in 2007 to focus exclusively on environmentally sustainable projects that take their inspiration from nature.

Prior to setting up the company he worked with Grimshaw for ten years and was central to the team that radically reinvented horticultural architecture for the Eden Project. He was responsible for leading the design of the Warm Temperate and Humid Tropics Biomes and the subsequent phases that included proposals for a third Biome for plants from dry tropical regions. He initiated and developed the Grimshaw environmental management system resulting, in December 2000, in the company becoming the first firm of European architects to achieve certification to ISO14001.

In 1999, he was one of five winners in A Car-free London, an ideas competition for strategic solutions to the capital's future transport needs and new possibilities for urban spaces. In September 2003 he joined an intensive course in nature-inspired design at Schumacher College, run by Amory Lovins and Janine Benyus. He has lectured widely on the subject of sustainable design in the UK and abroad and in May 2005 delivered a talk at the Royal Society of Arts with Ray Anderson, CEO of Interface.

In 2007, Michael Pawlyn delivered a talk at Google's annual Zeitgeist conference and at the Royal Geographical Society's annual conference on Sustainability and Quality of Life.

Focus: Agriculture, Cities, Conservation, Energy, Environment, Food, Innovation, Science, Sustainability, Technology, Transportation, United Kingdom, Europe


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Last Updated: Apr 07, 2011

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