Michael Pawlyn

Michael Pawlyn

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Toronto, Ontario

Architect | Systems Thinker | Regenerative Design And Biomimicry Expert

Michael Pawlyn is recognized as an authority in the fields of regenerative design and biomimicry, respectively. In 2007, he launched his own business under the name Exploration Architecture with the intention of specializing in high-performance buildings and providing solutions for the circular economy. He is regularly booked as a keynote speaker on innovation and hisTED talk has had over 2 million viewings. Michael jointly initiated the widely acclaimed Sahara Forest Project; the latest version of which was opened by the King of Jordan in 2017.
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Michael Pawlyn- Regenerative Design, Biomimicry And Systems Change

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MICHAEL PAWLYN BIOGRAPHY

Michael Pawlyn, the visionary Founder of Exploration Architecture, is a recognized expert in regenerative design and biomimicry. Since establishing his firm in 2007, he has focused on high-performance buildings and solutions for the circular economy, developing groundbreaking projects such as an ultra-low energy data center and a zero-waste textiles factory.

Before founding Exploration Architecture, Michael worked with Grimshaw for ten years, where he was central to the team that revolutionized horticultural architecture with the Eden Project. Michael Pawlyn’s innovative work on the Eden Project took place in Cornwall, England, showcasing his vision and implementation to prove that sustainable, carbon-neutral designs can be more efficient and cost-effective.

He was responsible for the design of the Warm Temperate and Humid Tropics Biomes and played a pivotal role in initiating Grimshaw’s environmental management system.Pawlyn’s inspiration from nature and focus on geodesics resulted in a structure that could be built regardless of final ground levels, reflecting his commitment to cutting carbon emissions and saving money through innovation.

Michael’s commitment to regenerative design goes beyond conventional sustainability, aiming to restore ecosystems, build resilient communities, and generate clean energy. His philosophy emphasizes truly restorative designs that learn from nature’s 3.5 billion years of evolution, providing solutions for genuinely sustainable building design and technology.

Michael Pawlyn is a sought-after keynote speaker on innovation. HisTED talk has garnered over 2 million views and he is in high demand as a speaker, consultant and thought leader. He jointly initiated the acclaimed Sahara Forest Project, opened by the King of Jordan in 2017, and co-initiated the ‘Architects Declare Climate & Biodiversity Emergency’ in 2019, an international movement with over 7,000 companies signed up to address the planetary crisis.

Since 2018, Michael has increasingly provided advice to national governments and large companies on transformative change. His influence is further evidenced by his writings, including his best-selling RIBA title “Biomimicry in Architecture” and his latest book, “Flourish: Design Paradigms for Our Planetary Emergency,” co-authored with Sarah Ichioka, published in December 2021.

Michael’s books are essential resources for architects, urban designers, product designers, and anyone interested in radical increases in resource efficiency. He proposes a set of bold regenerative principles that have the potential to transform how we design, make, and manage our buildings, infrastructure, and communities.

His work has been featured in esteemed media outlets such as Wired, Icon, The Guardian, The Economist, and National Geographic. Awards and recognition, including his collaboration with renowned global figures, reflect the global reach of his influence.

In a world facing unprecedented challenges, Michael Pawlyn stands as a beacon of innovative thinking, melding design, nature, and sustainability into a promising vision for the future of our planet. Whether addressing professionals, activists, policymakers, or clients, his expertise, passion, and vision make him an ideal speaker for any event seeking to inspire, challenge, and build a thriving future together.

Books

Flourish: Design Paradigms for Our Planetary Emergency
Flourish: Design Paradigms for Our Planetary Emergency
Biomimicry in Architecture Paperback
Biomimicry in Architecture Paperback

Articles & Media

Financial Times

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Michael Pawlyn Topic Presentations

Leading Through Disruption: Harnessing Innovation for Transformative Change

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  • In an era marked by rapid technological advancements, disruptive innovation has become more than a buzzword; it’s a critical force shaping industries, markets, and our very way of life. Michael Pawlyn, an architect at the forefront of sustainable and regenerative design, embodies this spirit of innovation by challenging traditional norms and ushering in transformative changes.His visionary leadership extends beyond architectural designs to influencing how businesses approach sustainability, resource efficiency, workforce accountability and corporate responsibility.

    In this thought-provoking presentation, attendees will gain insights into the principles and practices that foster disruptive innovation. Pawlyn will delve into the importance of cultivating a mindset that embraces change, nurtures creativity, and encourages collaboration across disciplines. He’ll also share practical strategies for leveraging disruptive innovation to drive leadership and transformation within organizations.

    This topic is an inspiring call to action for business leaders, decision-makers, and change agents who are ready to transcend traditional boundaries and catalyze meaningful change. Michael helps leaders reshape their organization to be ready for the future to maintain alignment with the societal and shifts occurring within younger generations. It’s about recognizing the untapped potential within and seizing the opportunities that disruptive innovation offers in shaping a more resilient, equitable, and prosperous future.

Beyond Sustainability: Embracing Regeneration As the Next Transformation

The Gathering Storm: Responding To the Surge in Natural Disasters and Climate Change

Biologically Inspired Innovation

Responding To Our Planetary Crisis: A Vision for Regenerative Change

Sustainability Reimagined

Energizing the Future: Clean Energy and Sustainable Architecture

The Urban Oasis: Green Cities and the Future of Living Spaces

Testimonials

One of the finest talks I’ve ever seen on nature and design  

Amory Lovins

Chairman and Chief Scientist
Rocky Mountain Institute

I have just watched the talk that Michael Pawlyn gave for TED and thought it was one of the most amazing and interesting things I have ever heard about. Thank you for thinking outside of the box

Hanna Sankowska

Your talk was a tremendous inspiration to all and the response has been fantastic. Personally it was the best presentation I have ever experienced -thank you Michael

Torben Thyregod Jensen

VELUX A/S X lab

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

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