Born Nottingham, 1937, and studied at Nottingham University where his thesis project, the Mosque in Bagdhad, only passed because of a friendly external examiner. Met Peter Cook in 1961 and co-founded the Archigram magazine and the group itself. Always a refuser and evader of established conventions, his work moved from exploring alternative lifestyles, first through finding new free forms and later through resisting forms – including architectural drawings – altogether; increasingly becoming preoccupied with ‘invisibility’ and the ways in which architecture is becoming redundant. Resists and criticises all forms of architectural practice, Greene has taught internationally and in Britain at the AA, University of Westminster and Oxford Brookes University. In 2002, he was the co-winner of the RIBA Annie Spink Award with Peter Cook. He has collaborated with many people including Mike Barnard, Andrew Holmes and Sam Hardingham, with whom he co-edited The Dirsreputable Projects of David Greene (2008)
The poet of the group. Sometimes contemplative, sometimes fatalist, he reacts to these moods in a positive way: writing or inventing something that often has references to the existing world, contrived in an original way.
Concerned with conceptual possibilities and a fascination with the words absence and erasure, in particular the erasure of architecture by digital technology.
He tries to speculate on what a new architecture might be for the culture of the person that Marshal McLuhan calls "the Electronic Man". He has continued to be suspicious of the status of the drawing preferring the medium of the ‘adjusted photograph’.
Archigram, Edited by Peter Cook, Warren Chalk, Dennis Crompton, David Greene, Ron Herron & Mike Webb, 1972 [reprinted New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 1999].