One of the world's leading thinkers in sustainable design
Thought leader in biomimicry
Part of the core team that designed the Eden Project
“Michael was fantastic! The audience absolutely loved his lecture. Couldn’t have been a better way to launch the series.” Colleen McLaughlin, Natural History Museum of Utah
Michael Pawlyn is an architect and innovator who takes cues from nature to make new, sustainable architectural environments. He established, and remains director of, the architecture firm Exploration to focus on environmentally sustainable projects that take their inspiration from nature.
Michael is considered to be a true thought leader on biomimicry: the imitation of the models, systems, and elements of nature for the purpose of solving complex human problems. He uses biomimicry and other innovation tools to help organisations go beyond conventional approaches to sustainability – devising solutions that produce radical increases in resource efficiency, and creating more with less. He believes that there are huge environmental and economic benefits to be gained from studying the design solutions that nature has developed with the benefit of a “3.6 billion year R&D period.”
In 2008 Micheal designed a boat called ‘The Plastiki’ which was made entirely out of reclaimed plastic water bottles and sailed across the Pacific to draw attention to marine pollution. The design involved rethinking plastics and how to design out the whole idea of waste – a subject that he continue to be involved in, working with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation on the circular economy.
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.
The author of “Biomimicry in Architecture” (Royal Institute of British Architects, 2011), Michael Pawlyn is also co-founder of the ambitious “Sahara Forest Project” – a new environmental solution to create re-vegetation and green jobs through profitable production of food, water, clean electricity and biomass in desert areas.
Michael is cureently designing a luxury boutique hotel in India based on biomimicry and regenerative design principles.
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