The Emilio Ambasz Institute for the Joint Study of the Built and the Natural Environment is a platform for fostering dialogue, promoting conversation, and facilitating research around the relationship between the built and natural environment, with the aim of making the interaction between architecture and ecology visible and accessible to the wider public while highlighting the urgent need for an ecological recalibration. The establishment of the Institute is inspired by Emilio Ambasz’s visionary role in the emergence of green architecture.


The mission of the newly established Emilio Ambasz Institute for the Joint Study of the Built and the Natural Environment is to promote the exploration and study of creative approaches to design at all scales of the built environment – buildings, cities, landscapes, and objects – with an emphasis on understanding their joint relationship to their natural environment. Through research and a variety of programs, including public lectures, conferences and symposia, and their digital equivalents, the Institute’s objective is to be a globally leading think tank furthering the understanding of the interaction between design and ecology. The Institute’s mission is interdisciplinary, bringing into conversation architects, designers, policy makers, social thinkers, historians and the general public. Acknowledging how the Anthropocene epoch has undermined any semblance of balance between human endeavors and their ecological counterparts, the work of the Institute will synthesize research and programmatic initiatives with current socio-political issues to help solidify cultural and art institutions’ relevance for today’s diverse audiences.

Emilio Ambasz