Future Cities Lab is an experimental design and research office operating globally out of San Francisco, California. Since 2002 founding principals Jason Kelly Johnson and Nataly Gattegno have collaborated on a range of award-winning projects exploring the intersections of design with advanced fabrication technologies, robotics, responsive building systems and public space. Most recently their Hydraspan and Theater of Lost Species projects were exhibited at the YBCA and their HYDRAMAX Port Machines project was exhibited at SFMOMA. Future Cities Lab is at the forefront of exploring how advanced technologies, social media and the internet of things will profoundly affect how we live, work, communicate and play in the future. Their approach to design and making, which has been described as “high performance craft”, is also deeply experiential, interactive and materially rich.
Their work has been published and exhibited worldwide. They were awarded the 2011 Architectural League of New York Young Architects Prize, and were the 2008-09 Muschenheim and Oberdick Fellows at the University of Michigan TCAUP, the 2009 New York Prize Fellows at the Van Alen Institute in New York City, and exhibited work at the 2009-10 and 2013-14 Hong Kong / Shenzhen Biennale. Both Johnson and Gattegno are graduates of Princeton University. They currently teach at the California College of the Arts and UC Berkeley, and lead workshops and studios around the world, including the Architectural Association (AA) Global Summer Program Biodynamic Structures, Cornell University, Hydra-Cities Lab in Athens, Greece, and the Urban Islands workshop in Sydney, Australia. Jason has also recently collaborated with Andy Payne on the FIREFLY for Grasshopper toolbar and Primer. Jason also served as Conference Chair of the 2012 ACADIA International Conference held in San Francisco in 2012 (views pics here). Gattegno also serves as Chair of the CCA Graduate Architecture Program, and was a jury member of the 2013-14 Progressive Architecture awards (The PA Awards).