|Born||30 September 1967|
|Education||BSc (Hons) Architecture, BArch|
|Alma mater||University College London|
University of Bath
Michael Pawlyn (born 30 September 1967) is a British architect noted for his work in the field biomimetic architecture and innovation. He was part of the principal team of architects that conceived and designed The Eden Project and is a regular keynote speaker at events on innovation and environmental sustainability. His best selling RIBA book Biomimicry in Architecture was published in 2011 and a revised second edition, with a foreword by Ellen MacArthur, was published in 2016. He was one of the three founders of The Sahara Forest Project - a way of supplying fresh water, food and renewable energy in arid conditions - and remains actively involved as a Founding Partner and Design Manager.
After graduating in Architecture from The Bartlett, University College London, Pawlyn worked in London and Japan before returning to complete his studies at the University of Bath. He worked briefly as a researcher on television documentaries before joining Haworth Tompkins Architects. In 1997 Michael Pawlyn became part of the Grimshaw Architects' team to work on the Eden Project. This innovative scheme, conceived by Tim Smit, radically transformed a Kaolinite pit into a complex of adjoining Biomes that created sustainable environments for Rainforest and Mediterranean plant species.
At TED Salon London, November 2011, Michael Pawlyn became one of the small number of architects to have a talk posted to TED. His presentation, in which he describes how biomimicry could help transform architecture and society, has been viewed over 1.5 million times.
The Sahara Forest Project: demonstrates how biomimicry can help address a range of challenges by employing three components - saltwater cooled greenhouses, concentrated solar power (CSP) and desert revegetation technologies. Collectively these elements provide fresh water, land regeneration, the sequestering of carbon in soils, the closing the nutrient cycle and provides employment in deprived areas.
The Mountain Data Centre: A concept for ultra-low energy data centre based on principles of efficient branching systems in biology referred to as Murray’s Law
Michael lives in London with his partner, photographer Kelly Hill, and their two children.
Chapter in multi-authored book:
· Michael Pawlyn (2016) Ecosystems as a unifying model for cities and industry, The Ellen MacArthur Foundation (ed.) A New Dynamic 2: Effective systems in a circular economy, Cowes, Ellen MacArthur Foundation Publishing, pp 63–85
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- Prospero (November 9, 2011). "The Q&A: Michael Pawlyn. Lessons of design learned from nature". Retrieved September 15, 2016 – via The Economist.
- Scott, Katie (February 22, 2012). "Biomimicry in architecture and the start of the Ecological Age". www.wired.co.uk. Wired. Retrieved September 15, 2016.
- Jha, Alok (September 2, 2008). "Seawater greenhouse to bring life to the desert". www.theguardian.com. The Guardian. Retrieved September 15, 2016.
- McKeag, Tom (March 4, 2014). "Portfolio, Exploration Architecture". Zygote Quarterly. 3 (10). Retrieved September 15, 2016.
- Glickfield, Elizabeth (March 4, 2014). "Designing with Nature". Domus. Retrieved September 15, 2016.
- "Plastiki expedition boat by exploration architecture for adventure ecology". www.dezeen.com. dezeen. July 22, 2010. Retrieved September 19, 2016.
- McKeag, Tom (November 11, 2014). "Case Study : Seeing the forest for the trees". www.zqjournal.org. zygote quarterly. Retrieved September 19, 2016.
- O'Connell, Sanjida (June 8, 2009). "Biomimicry: why the world is full of intelligent design". www.telegraph.co.uk. The Telegraph Media Group. Retrieved September 19, 2016.
- Rawlence, Peter (August 1, 2016). "Sustainable architecture: taking a leaf out of nature's book". Linkedin.com. Mega.online. Retrieved September 20, 2016.
- Vincent, Julian F V (August 22, 2006). "Biomimetics: its practice and theory". Journal of the Royal Society Interface. 3: 471–82. doi:10.1098/rsif.2006.0127. PMC 1664643. PMID 16849244.
- Thornhill, John (January 28, 2016). "Michael Pawlyn, the architect inspired by nature". www.ft.com. The Financial Times Ltd. Retrieved September 19, 2016.
- Franconi, Ellen (February 25, 2016). A New Dynamic 2: Effective systems in a circular economy. Cowes: Ellen MacArthur Foundation Publishing. pp. 63–85. ISBN 0992778441.