Michael set up Exploration in 2007 to focus on biomimicry in the fields of built environment and sustainability, following on from many years of interest in the emerging opportunities biomimicry brings to architecture. From 1997 to 2007 he worked with Grimshaw Architects and was instrumental in the design development of the Eden Project. He was responsible for leading the design of the Biomes and proposals for a third major climatic enclosure. He initiated and developed the Grimshaw environmental management system resulting, in December 2000, in the company becoming the first firm of European architects to achieve certification to ISO14001. He has lectured widely on the subject of sustainable design in the UK and abroad and in May 2005 delivered a talk at the Royal Society of Arts with Ray Anderson, CEO of Interface. He has taught on a number of courses about Biomimicry at Schumacher College with some of the world’s leading figures in the field and is currently working on an RIBA book titled ‘Biomimicry in Architecture’.
Watch Michael’s insightful TED talk HERE.