Geoffrey Thün is Associate Professor of Architecture and Associate Dean for Research and Creative Practice 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. He holds an M.UD from the University of Toronto, and a Professional BArch and BES from the University of Waterloo.
Thün's work ranges in scale from that of the regional territory and the city, to high performance buildings, to full-scale prototype-based work exploring 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 (DOE/NREL), U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the National Research Council of Canada (NRCan), the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) and Ford Motor Company. 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, published and exhibited widely. Awards include two R&D Awards from Architecture Magazine (2016, 2010), 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), 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 OASE Journal, International Journal of Architectural Computing, Leonardo, Volume, [bracket] Goes Soft, MONU, New Geographies Journal, Journal of Architectural Education, and in books published by MIT Press, Routledge, Taylor and Francis, Princeton Architectural Press and Jovis Verlag. In 2016, RVTR collaborated with Pierre Belanger on EXTRACTION, representing Canada at the Venice Biennale. RVTR’s Infra Eco Logi Urbanism, a major solo traveling exhibition was exhibited at the Centre de Design de l'UQAM, Montreal (2013), Paul Crocker Gallery, Ryerson University, Toronto (2014), Paul Rudolph Hall Gallery, Yale University New Haven CT (2014), LRA Gallery, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (2015), and the Ewing Gallery, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN (2015). A monograph of the project, Infra Eco Logi Urbanism: A Project for the Great Lakes Region, was published by Park Books, Zurich in 2015.