David Benjamin is Founding Principal of The Living and Assistant Professor at Columbia GSAPP. His work focuses on expanding the definition of environmental sustainability through the frameworks of biology, computation, and a circular economy. He and the firm have won many design prizes, including the Emerging Voices Award from the Architectural League, the New Practices Award from the AIA New York, the Young Architects Program Award from the Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1, and a Holcim Sustainability Award. Recently, Benjamin appeared in Rolling Stone as one of “25 People Shaping the Future,” and The Living was ranked third on Fast Company’s list of World’s Ten Most Innovative Architecture Firms.
Recent projects include:
- Princeton University Embodied Computation Lab (a new building for research on robotics and IoT)
- Pier 35 EcoPark (a 200-foot-long floating pier in the East River that changes color according to water quality
- Hy-Fi (a branching tower for MoMA PS1 made of a new type of biodegradable brick)