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David Benjamin is Principal The Living and Assistant Professor at Columbia University
Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. The Living explores the
architecture of the future through building it today. We bring new technologies to life in the
built environment, and we have a passion for integrating design innovation,
sustainability, and the public realm. We believe cities and buildings are living, breathing
organisms. And in the context of rapid change and new urban challenges, we propose
that design should be a living, breathing ecosystem. Within this design ecosystem, we
work on multiple scales simultaneously. We anticipate and welcome rapid change. We
embrace design with uncertainty, design with rules rather than fixed forms, and design
with shifting and unknowable forces. Clients include the City of New York, Airbus, 3M,
Quantified Self, and Miami Science Museum. Recent projects include the Princeton
Architecture Laboratory (a new building for research on robotics and next-generation
design and construction technologies), Hy-Fi (a branching tower in the courtyard of MoMA
PS1 created with almost no waste, no energy, and no carbon emissions), Pier 35
EcoPark (a 200-foot floating pier in the East River that changes color according to water
quality), and Architecture Bio-synthesis (a new process of bio-computation and bio-
manufacturing to produce high-performance, sustainable materials through synthetic
biology).
MEMBERS

Maria Aiolova
Jessica Banks
Carlos Barrios
Ayah Bdeir
Andy Cavatorta
Alexander Felson
Marc Fornes
Dan Grushkin
Mitchell Joachim
Ellen Jorgensen
Heather Knight
Andrew Laska
Adam Lassy
Janna Levin
Zach Lieberman
Josh Lifton
Kelly Loudenberg
David Maestres
Mary Mattingly
Kyle McDonald
Oliver Medvedik
Walter Meyer
Dan Paluska
Matt Parker
Amanda Parkes
James Patten
Andrew Personette
Marc Schwartz
Pablo Souto
Jenna Spevack
Richard The
Matt Tyson
Jason Vigneri-Beane
Bill Washabaugh
Christopher Woebken
Peter Yeadon

ADVISORY BOARD

Marc Alt
Marcel Botha
Alison Chernick.
Ryan Chin
Jerome Chou
Carol Coletta
Margaret Crawford
Dickson Despommier
Daniel D'Oca
Bill Dunster
Alexander Felson
Joseph Grima
Deb Johnson
Bruce Lindsey
Yanni A. Loukissas,
Thomas E. Lovejoy
Geoff Manaugh
Victoria Marshall
Paul D. Miller a.k.a. DJ Spooky
James Patten
John Peterson
Mathan Ratinam
Frank Ruchala
Margie Ruddick
Michael S. Silver
Jason Vigneri-Beane
Joanna Underwood
Johanne Woodcock
Heather Wooftery
Mimi Zeiger