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Digital tools and calculus allow modern designers to move beyond traditional building forms. It is going back to the mathematical roots of architecture, while moving towards its future. Greg Lynn is a self-described contrarian, who explained his approach to design through examples of his diverse projects. Digital tools enable the use of organic shapes and variation in his work, often combined with production efficiency and technical functionality to make his designs fulfill their purpose. Lynn presented his view on the future of architecture by discussing the works and virtual design, calculus, mathematical systems, geometric organization, composition, sustainability, virtuality, media, virtual reality, design, intuition, innovation, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, Gilles Deleuze, as well as architecture as an expression of philosophy, vision, and knowledge.


“If I design a house, I want it to look more contemporary than the toothbrush in the bathroom or the coffee machine on the cabinet. I, like most architects do, want to stay ahead of popular design rather than being nostalgic, and repackaging old stuff.” –GREG LYNN


Korean Presbyterian Church of NY, 1999. Image courtesy of Greg Lynn.

Korean Presbyterian Church of NY, 1999. Image courtesy of Greg Lynn.

Site Santa Fe, New Mexico, 2012. Image courtesy of Greg Lynn.

Greg Lynn was called “a master of the biomorphic form” and the man who coined the phrase “blob architecture” by TIME Magazine in its 2007 listing of The Design 100. He owns the Greg Lynn FORM office and is an o. Univ. Professor of architecture at the University of Applied Arts, Vienna. He is also a studio professor at the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture, and the Davenport Visiting Professor at the Yale School of Architecture. In 2008 Lynn won the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale of Architecture, and in 2010 United States Artists named him a Fellow.

Lynn is known for his use of organic shapes in buildings such as the Korean Presbyterian Church in New York, and irregular biomorphic architectural forms derived from computer-aided design. His office’s buildings, projects and publications have furthered the acceptance and use of advanced technologies.