Donlyn Lyndon moved to Oregon in 1964 to head the Department of Architecture at the University of Oregon. From there he moved to Cambridge to head the Department of Architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology during the late 1960's and early 1970's.
While at MIT, Lyndon became a founding faculty member of the International Laboratory of Architecture and Urban Design, an international consortium involving several university architecture programs. He was a partner in the Cambridge office of MLTW/Moore, Lyndon, Turnbull, which later became Lyndon Associates.Lyndon was an Architect in Residence at the American Academy in Rome in 1977 and 1986.
He returned to Berkeley in 1978 to teach at the College of Environmental Design at the University of California and is presently a partner in the firm of Lyndon/Buchanan Associates. While at at UCB, Lyndon has been the faculty design consultant for the Campus Planning Study Group and presently serves on the UCB Design Review Board. He is editor of Places, a quarterly journal of environmental design, co-author of The Place of Houses and author of The City Observed; Boston. He has served as President of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture and on many design awards and competition juries. Lyndon is the 1991 recipient of the California Council AIA Excellence in Education Award.
Lyndon, along with Charles Moore, Lawrence Halprin, and William Turnbull, has again participated in planning and design at The Sea Ranch. Turnbull completed his work on the Affordable Housing element at The Sea Ranch with the addition of thirty-five new units. Moore, Lyndon, and Halprin have completed the planning and initial design work on the expansion of The Sea Ranch Lodge and Village. Since Moore's passing in the early 90's, Lyndon and Halprin have continued this work, hopefully to completion in 2002.