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Teaching Areas:

  • Sustainable Site Design Technologies
  • Design Studio
  • Design Research

Geoffrey Thün is an Associate Professor of Architecture at the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan where he teaches design studios, courses in urban systems, site operations and material systems. He is a founding partner in the research-based practice RVTR and a co-founder of the Metropolitan Futures Group. He holds an M.UD from the University of Toronto, and a Professional BArch and BES from the University of Waterloo.

Founded in 2007, RVTR serves as a platform for exploration and experimentation in the agency of architecture and urban design within the context of dynamic ecological systems, infrastructures, materially and technologically mediated environments and emerging social organizations. The work of this highly collaborative practice is coupled closely with Thün's academic research and ranges in scale from that of the regional territory and the city, to high performance buildings, to full-scale installation-based prototypes that explore responsive and kinetic envelopes that mediate energy, atmosphere and social space. These operational scales are tied together through a methodology that entails a complex systems approach; one that assembles around each project a multiplicity of agents, forces and contexts and leverages these multivalent and sometimes contradictory agents towards integrated and synthetic design work. His academic research has attracted external funding from the U.S. Department of Energy / National Renewable Energy Laboratory, U.S. Department of Transportation, NRCan, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and the Ontario Power Authority (OPA). Internal support for this work has been received from the Research Through Making program, The University of Michigan Office of the Vice President for Research, and the Graham Environmental Sustainability Institute. Geoffrey is also a co-founder of the Metropolitan Futures Group (MFG), a trans-disciplinary design consortium comprised of internationally recognized researchers and designers across different University of Michigan academic units that was established to address the problem of the notable absence of design in policy processes that affect the organization, form and materiality of constructed environments, and, therefore, issues concerning quality of life.

Thün's academic research and creative practice has been highly awarded and published widely. Awards include a Journal of Architectural Education Best Design as Research Article (2013), the Architizer A+ Award Program's Architecture + Sound Jury Award (2013), an ACSA Faculty Design Award (2012), a Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Award of Excellence for Innovation in The Practice of Architecture (2011), a Special Jury Prize from EcoStructure Magazine (2011), an R&D Award from Architecture Magazine (2010), the Professional Prix de Rome in Architecture from the Canada Council for the Arts (2009-2010), a Young Architects Forum Award from the Architecture League of New York (2008) and a Canadian Architect Award of Excellence (2005). Critical writing and projects have been published in Volume, [bracket] Goes Soft, MONU, Leonardo, International Journal of Architectural Computing, New Geographies Journal, Journal of Architectural Education, and in books published by MIT Press, Routledge, Taylor and Francis, Princeton Architectural Press and Jovis Verlag. Most recently, RVTR completed a major solo exhibition at the UQAM Centre de Design in Montreal entitled Infra Eco Logi Urbanism(e).

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