Mike Silver – College of Design – 38°84° the power of place

Michael Silver

Visiting Assistant Professor

Mike Silver is a Visiting Associate Professor at the UK College of Design as well as the Sue Fan Gooding and Lyde Gooding Professor. He holds a Masters of Building Design from Columbia University, and is both a LeFevre’ 29 research fellow for The Knowlton School of Architecture in Columbus, Ohio, and a Sanders Fellow at the University of Michigan. He was the director of digital media at the Yale School of Architecture from 2001-2004, a design instructor at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design and a co-founder of the center for Sustainable Manufacturing and Advanced Robotic Technologies at the University of Buffalo. He is also the author of numerous books on the relationship between technology and building including "Pamphlet Architecture #19”, AD’s, “Programming Cultures” and “Mapping in the Age of Digital Media.” Silver currently directs the Critical Systems Lab (CSL) a multidisciplinary design studio based in Buffalo, N.Y.

In collaboration with computer scientists, mathematicians and process engineers, Silver’s office works at a variety of scales and has extensive experience in the production of furniture, interiors, consumer products and buildings. Today, Silver continues innovative research in the field of sustainable design, digital cartography, software development, green manufacturing and high-performance computing. His current work explores technologies like augmented reality, mobile computing (AutomasonMP3), numerically controlled fiber-placement technology and leg-based robotics. As an experimental collaborative, Silver’s firm is deeply committed to the precise alignment of advanced technology, ecological practice, architectural poetics and building construction. His work has been exhibited at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, in Manhattan, the IDC in Nagoya, Japan, the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., the Architecture League in New York and the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. He built his first working robot out of Scotch tape and Spirograph parts at the age of 12.