Exploration Architecture


Michael Pawlyn

Michael Pawlyn


Michael Pawlyn established Exploration in 2007 and has built a reputation as a thought leader in regenerative design and the circular economy. He has lectured internationally and, in 2011, became one of only a small handful of architects to have a talk posted on TED.com which has since had over 1.8 million views. His book Biomimicry in Architecture has been the publisher’s best-selling title.

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 an architectural practice and consultancy company focused on regenerative design. 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 including the following:


Ackroyd & Harvey, Artists
Atelier Ten, Environmental Engineers
Bill Watts, Environmental Engineer
Christopher Peterka, Gannaca Communications
David de Rothschild, Adventurer
Dayna Baumeister, Biologist, Biomimicry 3.8
Expedition Engineering, Structural Engineers
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
Pooran Desai, Bioregional
Ralf Bellm, Bettr Real Estate
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 (maximum 5Mb) illustrating your work to info@exploration-architecture.com