Thursday, May 21, 2015

New Event: Bio-what???

Join us to learn more about #biomimicry, #biophilia, and their potential to improve the built environment! Next Wednesday at AIA Chicago!

WEDNESDAY / MAY 27, 2015 / 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM



Can you define biomimicry and biophilia with regards to the built environment? Our panel will explore the relationships between the two and their impact on design. How can we learn from and design with nature? This presentation will talk about the process, case studies, and current research surrounding these emerging strategies and you will begin to understand nature’s principles and how they can be applied to design.
We will define biomimicry and biophilia and why these concepts are important in today's built environment and how they are related to regenerative design. We will explore how to apply the principles of biomimicry and biophilia to the design process as well as see how they are connected to different Green Rating Systems in the market today. Presenters John Mlade (YR&G Chicago), Amy Coffman Phillips (Prairie Lab), and Susan Heinking, AIA (Pepper Construction Company) will share resources available to learn more on these subject areas and ways to gain more experience of these strategies around the Chicago area.
FREE for AIA members, $15 for non-members.

Observing Life's Principles in the Woods

Photo by Benet Devereux
One of the participants in Prairie Lab's April Biomimicry Immersion, Benet Devereux, wrote a blog entry about Life's Principles he observed when walking through the woods near his home in Wisconsin. Check out his post, "I thought the woods and the world were connected," and see what local biomimics-in-training are thinking about!

Please join us for the next immersion on Saturday, June 27th! Register today!

Monday, May 11, 2015

Biomimicry Scholarship for Emerging Professionals Available!

Biomimicry Chicago is proud to sponsor a scholarship to the upcoming Chicago Biomimicry Immersion experience at the Morton Arboretum, brought to you by our partners at Prairie Lab, LLC! Prize includes one seat at the June 27th workshop, a $225 value worth 4 CEUs.

Submission Guidelines

To enter, submit an original work that describes how you plan to integrate biomimicry into your chosen career. The original work can be anything of your choosing (a blog entry, short essay, photo, drawing, or video), but should include your response to the question: "What will I ask nature?"

In the contact form to the right, please enter your name, email, and add your age, profession, and the school or company affiliation in the message box. Submit all original works to by June 8th to be eligible to win. By submitting an original work, you grant Biomimicry Chicago the permission to post your work to our blog and social media.

Good luck and we are excited to see what you produce!

Not an emerging professional? No problem! Visit to learn more and be sure to enter promo code "BIOCHI10" for 10% off the cost of registration!