The Living, a first-of-its-kind Autodesk Studio, explores the future by building full-scale functioning prototypes today. Our projects apply generative design, biology, and new materials to real built projects in the context of technology, culture, and the environment. Recently, The Living was ranked third by Fast Company in its list of World’s Most Innovative Companies in Architecture.

Our team is: David Benjamin (Founder and Principal), John Locke, Danil Nagy, Damon Lau, Dale Zhao, Jim Stoddart, Ray Wang, and Lorenzo Villaggi.

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Recent News

12.15 / Bionic Partition debuts at Autodesk University 2015. See the coverage on Wired.

12.15 / Amphibious Envelope and Black Lake are featured on Architect Magazine's Favorite Temporary Structures of 2015 list.

10.15 / Amphibious Envelope is featured on Wired and Architect Magazine.

06.15 / The three-day QS15 Expo designed by The Living kicks off in San Francisco from June 20-23.

06.15 / Hy-Fi wins two Architizer 2015 A+ Awards.

04.15 / Hy-Fi is a 2015 AIA New York Design Award Winner.

03.15 / The Living's mycelium brick for Hy-Fi is acquired by the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art. It on display at This Is for Everyone: Design Experiments for the Common Good.

03.15 / See how Black Lake was conceived and built on Fast Company and Wired.

09.14 / Hy-Fi wins the prestigious 2014 Holcim Award Bronze for North America.

09.14 / The Living is featured in Forbes Magazine, "The Future Of Manufacturing As Told In Four Objects".

06.14 / In-depth video features on Hy-Fi from New York Times Magazine and The Creators Project.

02.14 / The Living is selected as winner of the MoMA PS1 Young Architects competition.

10.13 / David Benjamin presents at Pecha Kucha New York.

08.13 / Fast Company features 'Bio-Computation' and describes how we will grow the next generation of buildings.

05.13 / The Living is featured in Architect Magazine as part of the Next Progressives series.

05.13 / David Benjamin receives a New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Artist Fellowship.

03.13 / The Living wins Architizer A+ Awards in two categories.

06.12 / The Living is selected as one of seven winning firms for the AIA New Practices New York Award.