Sutherlin Santo is a research-driven design workshop operated by Garrett and Paul Sutherlin Santo.

Sutherlin Santo’s body of work has been dedicated to exploring the relationship between humans and nature by pairing emerging digital technologies with earth and plant-based materials. Merging techniques of the past with contemporary machines, Sutherlin Santo reexamines traditional and ancestral craft through a digital lens, projecting forward to a future where our technological and natural worlds are more closely aligned.

Using tools such as robotics, 3D printing, and artificial intelligence to mediate the human hand and subvert anthropocentric preconceptions, Sutherlin Santo’s work seeks to anticipate a future where design’s connection to nature and technology are symmetrical and technology is balanced with the human hand.

Garrett Sutherlin Santo received his Master of Architecture with distinction from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) and dual Bachelor’s degrees (Art: Ceramics & Geography) with honors from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2014 and 2009, respectively. Garrett taught post-graduate applied research courses at SCI-Arc and recently held the position of CTO with responsibilities as head of Applied Research at the internationally awarded architecture firm, Baumgartner + Uriu (B+U). Paul Sutherlin Santo studied screenwriting and production design at Chapman University’s Dodge College of Media Arts, and went on to serve as a feature film Story Editor and Copywriter. Garrett and Paul currently research robotics and design for Nike Innovation out of its corporate headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon.

2024 Getty Pacific Standard Time and Craft Contemporary Museum, 'Material Acts' Exhibition
2024 ROB|ARCH Conference 'Beyond Optimazation' | Robotic Biogel Workshop

2023 Dutch Design Week, 'The Living Archive' Exhibition | Jan van Eyck Academie, Future Materials Bank + Innovationlabs | Biocraft
2023 Digital Futures, 'Performative Biopolymer Design: Working Digitally with Plant-based Biogels'| Workshop
2023 Forms De Luxe - Biocraft, Publication
2023 Elle Decor - Biocraft, Publication
2023 SCI-Arc, 'LIFESPAN' | Applied Robotic Design Workshop
2023 Jan van Eyck Academie, Future Materials Bank | Digital Publication / Acquisition | Biocraft
2023 Village Theatre Art gallery, ‘From Sand to Silicon Chip’ | BioTiles + Symbiotic Stool
2022 Digital Futures, ‘Transcending the Digital Proxy’ | Lecture / Discussion
2022 Lancaster Creative Factory, Strictly Functional Ceramics Show | Elytra Series
2022 Manhattan Beach Art Center 'Out of the Mold'| Hollow Form & Elytra Series
2022 Cité du design, Saint Etienne International Design Biennal, ‘Bifurcations’ | Symbiotic Stool
2022 Brea Gallery, 'Made In California' Exhibition | Hollow Form
2022 Atlas of Lost Finds, UNFOLD, Design Museum Gent | Felideo Rematerialization
2022 Sparrow Gallery/ACGA, 'Seismic State: California Ceramics', NCECA 2022 | Hollow Form
2021 Palos Verdes Art Center Exhibition | Hollow Form
2021 Krikorian Gallery, Worcester Center for Arts / Worcester State University | Elytra Series
2021 Annual ICAN Finalist Cup Show | Elytra Series
2021 Craft Contemporary Museum, ‘Clay LA’ | Elytra Series
2021 George Caleb Bingham Gallery, University of Missouri | Elytra Series
2021 Intersect Tokyo Gallery | Carbon Stool & BioTiles
2021 IDC Conference, Seoul National Univeristy | Design & Biomaterial, Lecture
2021 Applied Contemporary Gallery | Elytra Series
2020 Lexus Design Award | Prototyping Finalist, Biocraft
2020 Develop3D - Biocraft, Publication
2020 Voyage LA - Studio Profile, Publication
American Institute of Architects Henry Adams Medal
Selected Graduate Thesis Exhibition, SCI-Arc
Merit Graduate Thesis Award, SCI-Arc
SCI-Arc Spring Show
Academic Research Award, University of California, Los Angeles
Thomas & Virginia Ehrisman Financial Award
UCLA Project Grant I, University of California, Los Angeles
Edward J & Alice Mae Smith Art Scholarship Award
Emma B Keller Financial Support Award
UCLA Project Grant II, University of California, Los Angeles
Barbara and Joseph Naar Art Scholar Award
D’Arcy Hayman Award
Department of Art Scholarship Award, University of California, Los Angeles
Award Exhibition, UCLA New Wight Gallery, 2009
Scholarship Award Show, UCLA New Wight Gallery, 2008
Juried Show, UCLA New Wight Gallery, 2008
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