Biomimicry: Design with Nature

Colloquium | September 21 | 10-11 a.m. | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

Biomimicry: Design with Nature

Design for Sustainability Colloquium

Join speaker Sean Quinn and the Department of Architecture for this Design for Sustainability Colloquium at the College of Environmental Design.

This presentation will explore the biomimicry creative process. Drawing inspiration from natural forms, processes, and systems through the practice of biomimicry provides a fresh opportunity to re-think and re-imagine how to solve complex human design challenges, such as climate change, urbanization, and natural disaster. Sean will share the results of their decade long exploration in partnership with Biomimicry 3.8 in design towards a regenerative built environment. He will describe the findings of the “Genius of Biome: California Coast” research project that illustrates how species in the most biodiverse region in the US have adapted to systemic regional challenges, and how HOK is using this insight to drive innovative design that is well adapted, resilient and positive.

Sean Quinn leads the Performance and Sustainable Design practice of HOK’s Pacific Region: San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Seattle. He directs the studios’ integrated design approach to guide the application of sustainable strategies, including energy and environmental performance, resilience planning, and green building certification. With 15 years of architectural experience focused on sustainable design, Sean has led and assisted the design of numerous academic, athletic, commercial, cultural, government, hospitality, medical, mixed-use, residential, science & technology, and urban design projects throughout North America, Europe, Africa, Middle-East and Asia. Sean complements his design practice with research in innovative building systems and fabrication, parametric design, and biomimicry. Sean is a Lecturer at Danube University Krems, Austria in their Future Building Solutions program, was an Assistant Professor at the University of Hong Kong, and is a frequent lecturer at international universities and conferences.