DIF Studio A Wider Lens

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  • Michael Pawlyn

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The first era of computer-aided design simply used processing power to replicate the paper and pencil design process. Today, new digital tools, coupled with vastly superior processing power, have opened up a world of possibilities when it comes to architectural design. By accessing an almost endless number of parameters, architecture can make unseen connections to create designs that are much more effective than those that came before.

Our guest in this live studio event has long understood the value of widening our perspective when it comes to design. Michael Pawlyn, an architect inspired by biomimicry, has already embraced what computational design can offer. Join us as he discusses the new tools at a designer’s disposal in this DIF event.

This is an abbreviated version of an interview that took place on November 12th. Want to watch the conversation in full? Watch it here:


Michael Pawlyn

Michael Pawlyn

Founder, Exploration Architecture

Michael Pawlyn established Exploration Architecture in 2007 to focus on designing high performance buildings and solutions for the circular economy. The company has developed a ground-breaking office project, an ultra-low energy data centre, a zero waste textiles factory, and progressive solutions for green cities.


Dale Walker

Dale Walker

Learning Design and Content Manager

Dale is currently responsible for creating learning activities for the Foundation’s online and face-to-face education programmes. He has held a variety of roles since joining the Foundation including being a DIF intern, part of the insights and analysis team and having a stint at the World Economic Forum in Geneva.

Dale hails from South Africa where he completed his undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering at the University of Cape Town. Following a year of travelling around Australia, New Zealand and the USA he moved to the UK to study for a master’s degree, graduating with an MDes in Innovation and Creativity in Industry from Cranfield University. While studying at Cranfield, Dale joined the Foundation’s Schmidt MacArthur Fellowship programme to conduct research into the circular economy.

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