Greg Lynn has been at the cutting edge of design in both architecture and design culture in general when it comes to the use of the computer. The buildings, projects, publications, teachings and writings associated with his office have been influential in the acceptance and use of advanced technology for design and fabrication. In addition to receiving professional awards from the AIA and Progressive Architecture, his Korean Presbyterian Church of New York was officially listed by the NYC Landmarks Commission as one of the thirty most important buildings built in the city in the last 30 years. It was also named by the National Building Museum in Washington as one of four civic buildings that “shaped the public realm” in America. He received the American Academy of Arts & Letters Architecture Award in 2003. In 2001, Time Magazine named Greg Lynn one of 100 of the most innovative people in the world for the 21st century. In 2005, Forbes Magazine named him one of the ten most influential living architects. In 2008, he won the Golden Lion at the 11th International Venice Biennale of Architecture. He has represented the United States twice in the American Pavilion at the Venice Biennale of Architecture. In 2010, he was awarded a fellowship from United States Artists. His architectural designs have been exhibited in both architecture and art museums including the 2000 Venice Biennale of Architecture where he represented the United States in the American Pavilion and again in 2008 he was awarded the Golden Lion at the La Biennale di Venezia 11th International Architecture Exhibition. His work is in the permanent collections of the most important design and architecture museums in the world including the CCA, SFMoMA, ICA Chicago and MoMA. His work has been exhibited at the Pompidou, Beyeler, Cooper Hewitt, MAK, MoCA, NAI, CCA, Carnegie, ICA, Secession museums among others as well as at various international art and design fairs including Art Basel, Miami Art Basel, ICFF, NeoCon and DDL. In addition to his architectural work, he has numerous industrial design objects in production. Both his Alessi “Supple” Mocha Cups and his Vitra “Ravioli” Chair have been inducted into the Museum of Modern Art’s Permanent Collection.
Greg Lynn has taught throughout the United States and Europe. Because of his early combination of degrees in philosophy and architecture he has been involved in combining the realities of design and construction with the speculative, theoretical and experimental potentials of writing and teaching. In 2002, he left his position as the Professor of Spatial Conception and Exploration at the ETHZ (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich) and became an Ordentlicher University Professor at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. He is a Studio Professor at UCLA’s school of Architecture and Urban Design. In addition, he was the Davenport Visiting Professor at Yale University from 2000-2016.
He is on the Board of Trustees of the Canadian Center for Architecture and assisted the institution with the establishment of a Digital Archive of architecture beginning with 25 canonical projects as well as a series of three exhibitions titled Archeology of the Digital for which he has been curator.
He is the CEO and co-Founder of the robotics company Piaggio Fast Forward as well as serving on numerous advisory boards including Curbside, now acquired by Rakuten, where he also served as their Design Advisor. He was an Advisory Board Member of Gehry Technologies, until they were acquired by Trimble, and was an Advisory Board Member of Caustic Graphics, until they were acquired by Imagination Technologies.
He and his work is frequently featured in magazines such as Forbes, Time, Newsweek, New Yorker, New York, New Republic, Discover, Playboy, Popular Science, Art in America, Dazed and Confused, Architectural Digest, Dwell, Monument, Index, Contemporary, I.D., Architectural Record, Blueprint and Architecture as well as numerous international newspapers including the New York Times, Newsday, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Die Zeit, Independent, Daily Telegraph and the Herald Tribune among others. He is the author of seven books and monographs including the newly released Rizzoli monograph Greg Lynn FORM edited by Mark Rappolt, Animate Form which is considered the seminal book on the use of digital technology in architecture and Folding in Architecture that he edited in 1993. He has made broadcast television appearances on the Charlie Rose Show, NBC Nightly News, CBS Sunday morning, Science Channel and CNN.
Greg Lynn was born in 1964 in Ohio. He graduated from Miami University of Ohio with degrees in both architecture (Bachelor of Environmental Design) and philosophy (Bachelor of Philosophy) and later from Princeton University where he received a graduate degree in architecture (Master of Architecture). He received an Honorary Doctorate degree from the Academy of Fine Arts & Design in Bratislava.