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Greg Lynn, Architect, Los Angeles/Vienna

Giant Robot Architecture

February 4, 2008; 74 Minutes; Video

Greg Lynn is a pioneer at the intersection of computing, design, and architecture. His architectural designs have been exhibited at both architecture and art venues, including the 2000 Venice Biennale of Architecture, where he represented the United States in the American Pavilion. His work is in the permanent collections of the California College of the Arts, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and has has been exhibited at the Pompidou, Beyeler, Cooper Hewitt, MAK, MoCA, NAI, Carnegie, ICA, and Secession museums, among others. In addition to his architectural work, his Alessi “Supple” Mocha Cups and his Vitra “Ravioli” Chair are in production and have been inducted into the Museum of Modern Art’s Permanent Collection. He received the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Architecture Award in 2003. 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 studio professor of Architecture at UCLA and the Davenport Visiting Professor at Yale University. Greg Lynn holds degrees in architecture and philosophy and received an honorary doctorate from the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava. In 2001, Time magazine named him one of the hundred most innovative people in the world. In 2005, Forbes magazine named him one of the ten most influential living architects.