Pan Michalatos is an architect, lecturer in architecture technology at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and a Principal Research Engineer at Autodesk.Between 2006 and 2010 he worked as a computational design researcher for the London-based structural engineering firm AKT.
Along with colleague Sawako Kaijima, Pan provided consultancy, and designed computational solutions, for a range of high-profile projects. They have also developed a range of software applications for the intuitive and creative use of structural engineering methods in design.
"I don't think there is such a thing as a simple life."
"You need to have the luxury to choose to simplify your life."
"Everything [including art] has utility for the fact that it is being done."
"There is a misconception: that our lives have accelerated. […] But for someone 10,000 years ago, [life] would be an equally constant state of stress."
"Screens are constructed, by accident or intentionally, to be stared at. You don't have a problem focusing on the screen. The problem is looking away from it."
"We are trying to create tools and workflows for designers that incorporate all the knowledge [existing in other disciplines] to be directly accessible and usable."
"Software is seen as a way to package knowledge in a usable (and mobile) form, to distribute it."
"The other people. That's the challenge."
"We try to find drives to keep us distracted from the fact that we're all gonna die."
Theme song Sleep by Steve Combs, under Creative Commons CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 US. Background sounds of people playing golf, vehicles, dogs, bugs, and birds, happened in Cambridge, Massachusetts, while we were recording.