Associate Professor of Architecture, A Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning
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.
Thün 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. 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.