Exploration Architecture


Michael Pawlyn

Michael Pawlyn

Michael Pawlyn established Exploration in 2007 and has built a reputation as a thought leader in biomimicry.

He has lectured internationally on biomimicry and innovative approaches to sustainability. In 2007 Michael Pawlyn delivered a talk at Google’s annual ‘Zeitgeist’ conference and, in 2011, became one of only a small handful of architects to have a talk posted on TED.com.

In the same year, his book Biomimicry in Architecture was published by the Royal Institute of British Architects.

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. He initiated the Grimshaw environmental management system resulting in the company becoming the first firm of European architects to achieve certification to ISO14001.

To book Michael Pawlyn as a speaker. Please email info@exploration-architecture.com






Exploration is a design innovation and strategy company focussed on biomimicry. We work with organisations that go beyond standard approaches to sustainability. 

Exploration comprises a group of architects, designers and researchers who collaborate with a broad range of specialists as appropriate to project demands.

We have been fortunate to work with some of the leading artists, scientists and consultants in the world.


Fellow explorers

Ackroyd & Harvey, Artists
Atelier Ten, Environmental Engineers
Bill Watts, Environmental Engineer
David de Rothschild, Adventurer
Dayna Baumeister, Biologist, Biomimicry 3.8
Expedition Engineering, Structural Engineers
Frederick Hauge, Norwegian Environmental Activist
Graham Dodd, Materials expert
John Prewer, Architect and inventor
Kelly Hill, Photographer and film-maker
Professor Julian Vincent, Biomimetics Consultant
Dr Michael Bruangart, Chemist, EPEA
Peloton, Graphic Designers
Rupert Soar, Biomimetics Consultant
The SFP Foundation and SFP Company


Architectural Positions

We are always interested in hearing from motivated and talented architects.

If you are interested in joining our team please send your CV and a brief A4 portfolio illustrating your work to info@exploration-architecture.com