Greg Lynn

  Male      American      Architect

About Author

Greg Lynn (born 1964) is owner of the Greg Lynn FORM office, an o. Univ. Professor of architecture at University of Applied Arts Vienna, a studio professor at the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture, and the Davenport Visiting Professor at the Yale School of Architecture. He was the winner of the Golden Lion at the 2008 Venice Biennale of Architecture. In 2010 Lynn was named a Fellow by United States Artists.

Lynn was born in North Olmsted, OH, and claims always to have wanted to be an architect. "When I was twelve, I could already construct perspective drawings and draw axonometric projections," says Lynn. "In high school, someone taught drafting and in the first day of class they saw that I could do all these constructed drawings. I started picking oddly-shaped objects like threaded combs and I would try to draw them in two-point perspective. I got into drawing as a kind of sport." Lynn graduated cum laude from Miami University (OH) with degrees in Architecture and Philosophy, and Princeton University with a Master of Architecture. He is distinguished for his use of computer-aided design to produce irregular, biomorphic architectural forms, as he proposes that with the use of computers, calculus can be implemented into the generation of architectural expression. Lynn has written extensively on these ideas, first in 1993 as the Editor of an AD Special Issue called “Folding in Architecture”. In 1999, his book “Animate FORM”,funded in part by the Graham Foundation focused on the use of animation and motion graphic software for design. In “Folds, Bodies & Blobs: Collected Essays” is the republished essay from ANY Magazine “Blobs, or Why Tectonics is Square and Topology is Groovy” for which he is credited with coining the term ‘blob architecture’ later to become ‘blobitecture’ popularized in a weekly Sunday New York Times article “ON LANGUAGE: Defenestration” by the late William Safire. The recent book “Greg Lynn FORM”, edited by Mark Rappolt, includes contributions by his colleagues, collaborators and critics including Ross Lovegrove, Jeffrey Kipnis, Chris Bangle, Sylvia Lavin, Imaginary Forces, Peter Schröder, Bruce Sterling and J. G. Ballard. Along with Hani Rashid, Jesse Reiser and Stan Allen, he was one of the earliest teachers to explore the use of the digital technology for building design and construction when he was teaching the ‘Paperless Studios’ started while Bernard Tschumi was Dean at Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) from 1992-1999. He was the Professor of Spatial Conception and Exploration at the ETH Zurich Faculty of Architecture (ETHZ) from 1999-2002...

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