Future Urban Living Policy Commission
Michael Pawlyn is Director of Exploration Architecture which he established in 2007 to focus exclusively on biomimicry. In 2008 Exploration was short-listed for the Young Architect of the Year Award and the internationally renowned Buckminster Fuller Challenge.
Prior to setting up the company Michael Pawlyn worked with Grimshaw for ten years and was central to the team that radically re-invented 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 has lectured widely on the subject of sustainable design in the UK and abroad.
In 2007 he delivered a talk at Google’s annual ‘Zeitgeist’ conference and in 2011 his book 'Biomimicry in Architecture' was published by the Royal Institute of British Architects. He is currently working on a range of biomimicry-based architectural projects.