Michael Pawlyn

Biomimetic Architect, a Lead Architect on The Eden Project & Author of Biomimicry in Architecture

  • Part of the principal team of architects who designed The Eden Project
  • Author of Biomimicry in Architecture
  • Founding Director of Exploration Architecture Limited
  • Former Associate Director of Grimshaw

Discover Michael Pawlyn’s biography of published work below.

Biomimicry in Architecture Michael Pawlyn
Biomimicry in Architecture

When Michael Pawlyn is booked for events, they are known to discuss the following speaking topics:

‘From sustainable to regenerative – the next essential shift for business’
‘Biologically-inspired innovation’
‘Rising to the challenge of the planetary emergency’
‘How change happens and how to transform our agency’

Michael Pawlyn is a leading architect, widely known for his interests in the art of Biomimetic Architecture. Having formerly worked as one of the lead architects in the design of The Eden Project, Michael is highly passionate about the environment and finding nature-based solutions to the world’s challenges. With sustainability a major passion of his architecture, Michael is now often booked as a sustainability speaker for corporate clients.

Michael began his career as an architect at Bennetts Associates, before moving to Japan to work as an Architectural Assistant for Takao Endo Architects. From 1997 Michael worked as the Associate Director of Grimshaw, the firm behind the core team of architects that designed The Eden Project. Working with the firm for the next decade, Michael also had a hand in creating many other sustainable design projects, including the likes of Las Palmas Water, The EcoRainforest and the North Wales Tidal Energy Project.

Commended for his regenerative designs and nature-based innovations, Michael has previously been invited to deliver the TED talks ‘Using Nature’s Genius in Architecture’ and ‘Learning From Nature’. He is also the founding Director of Exploration Architecture Limited, a company he founded with the intention of focussing on buildings for the circular economy. Michael has also authored two versions of his own book, both titled Biomimicry in Architecture. He is also commended for initiating the Sahara Forest Project.

Having enjoyed a successful career in architecture with biomimicry at the heart of his passions, Michael is now booked as a sustainability speaker for a variety of corporate events. Having designed countless sustainable and innovative projects, Michael is sought to share the importance of sustainable and natural solutions and creating architecture that compliments the circular economy. Having also been featured on the Discovery Channel and delivered TED speeches, Michael is no stranger commanding an audience and does so with ease. When looking for a speaker passionate about the environment, look no further than Michael Pawlyn.

Official Testimonials

Michael Pawlyn is regularly booked to engage audiences at events, read their latest feedback below:

“A tremendous inspiration to all and the response has been fantastic. It was the best presentation I have ever experienced!”


“Two of the cultural stand-outs of the year were the products of visionaries- individuals creating worlds at the edges and the in-betweens of standard practice. A lecture by Michael Pawlyn at Grimshaw Architects during the London Festival of Architecture energised the audience with case studies demonstrating the radical potential of a generative, rather than a restrictive, approach to design that surpasses sustainability. Like Braungart and McDonough, Pawlyn’s work embraces change and growth”

London Festival of Architecture

“Excellent presentation style, engaging content, and very now- leaves the audience feeling optimistic about the future!”

Johnson Controls

To enquire about Michael Pawlyn for your event or corporate function, simply contact us via agent@sustainability-speakers.com or call a booking agent on 0207 1010 553.