Biomimicry 2016

MARCH 11TH, 2016   8:00 AM — 1:00 PM






The Biomimicry 2016 Conference is our inaugural convening of professionals around biomimetic and energy efficient, nature-inspired design. Nature has had 3.8 billion years of R&D and has a lot to teach us about efficiency.

This half day conference will include a variety of short TED style presentations and panel discussions from nationally leading biomimicry experts and AEC firms, exhibitor tables, and high quality networking opportunities. Verdical Group, the conference organizer, expects 200+ attendees. Conference presentations will cover the application of biomimicry, biophilia and resilience to the built environment. Architects, Engineers, Designers, and Consultants are all encouraged to attend.

The Conference includes complimentary registration, free parking, and breakfast thanks to the generous support of Southern California Edison. Three Continuing Education Units will also be available for AIA, USGBC, and LFA credential holders.

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Amanda Sturgeon
International Living Future Institute
Seattle, WA

Amanda has been with the International Living Future Institute for over 5 years, initially overseeing the programs, then as Executive Director and now as CEO. She joined the Institute following a career as a licensed architect with fifteen years experience designing and managing some of the most sustainable buildings in the Pacific Northwest. Prior to joining the Institute she co-directed the Sustainable Design Initiative for Perkins + Will across 20 offices worldwide and managed numerous sustainable projects. She has served on many boards and committees and has taught at the University of Washington as well as Bainbridge Graduate Institute. Amanda was a founding board member of the Cascadia Region Green Building Council and a recent board member of AIA Seattle. Amanda was elected as a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects in 2013 and a LEED Fellow later the same year in recognition for her extensive advocacy and volunteer service to the green building movement. She was named as one of the top ten most powerful women in sustainability in 2015 as a recipient of the Women in Sustainability Leadership Award.




Mikhail Davis
Mikhail Davis
Director of Restorative Enterprise
San Francisco, CA
Jamie Dwyer
Jamie Dwyer
Biomimcry 3.8
Helena, MT
Lorraine Francis
Lorraine Francis
Director of Hospitality Interiors
Los Angeles, CA
Chris Garvin
Chris Garvin
Managing Partner
Terrapin Bright Green
New York, NY
Nicole Isle
Nicole Isle
Chief Sustainability Strategist
Portland, OR
Colin Mangham
Colin Mangham
Biomimicry LA
Los Angeles, CA
Ilaria Mazzoleni
Ilaria Mazzoleni
SCI-Arc / IM Studio
Los Angeles, CA
Heather Joy Rosenberg
Heather Joy Rosenberg
USGBC-LA Resilience Initiative
Los Angeles, CA
Drew Shula
Drew Shula
Founder & Principal
Verdical Group
Los Angeles, CA



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Friday, March 11th, 2016   |   Southern California Edison Energy Education Center   |   6090 N. Irwindale Avenue   |   Irwindale, CA 91702   |   Get Directions











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Biomimicry Conference Schedule



Architects Inspired by Nature: Benefits of Biomimicry

March 8, 2016

“When it comes to bringing biomimicry to the built environment, what are three approaches architects should consider? What are the best practices when it comes to adding biomimicry to the design process? Biomimicry 3.8′s Jamie Dwyer will detail and discuss three benefits of bringing biomimicry to the built environment during Verdical Group’s free Biomimicry 2016: The Road to Resiliency conference on Friday, March 11 .The panel, “Scale and Best Practices for Architects” will include Chris Garvin, Managing Partner for Terrapin Bright Green. ” Read the full article on


Conference Report: Biomimicry 2016

March 23, 2016

“Biomimicry is a systems-based approach to innovation and design that looks to the past. Specifically, the 3.8 billion years of research and development that nature has completed through the ages. For the host of global sustainability issues humanity faces – the changing climate, inadequate access to fresh water, and diminishing natural resources – nature is a lean guide to drive positive change. This was the framework for the Biomimicry 2016 Conference, hosted by Verdical Group on March 11, 2016 in Irwindale, CA.” Read the full article on


Event Recap: Verdical Group’s Inaugural Biomimicry Conference

April 14, 2016

“A bridge between biology and design, leading industry experts gathered to look for sustainability already existing in the world. As the need for environmentally friendly buildings as well as cost friendly design rises with global temperatures, one group of industry professionals is using disruptive thinking to accommodate. Verdical Group, a full service green building consulting firm based out of Los Angeles, California, hosted the inaugural Biomimicry Conference—titled “Road to Resiliency”—on March 11, 2016 at Southern California Edison Energy Education Center.” Read the full article on


What is Biomimicry, and How Does it Differ from Biophilia?

April 14, 2016

““Biomimicry 2016: The Road to Resiliency” was a half-day conference that took place in California on March 11th of this year. Arranged by Verdical Group, a firm of LEED consultants based in Los Angeles, the conference was a series of TED-style presentations and panel discussions that brought together thought leaders in the field of biomimicry, those who grew up in nature, and those who look into the nature for solutions to challenging issues they are facing in design.” Read the full article at


How Nature Creates Green Jobs—If We Listen

May 2, 2016

“Could imitating nature help us survive climate change? That was the question asked by Biomimicry 2016: The Road to Resiliency, a March 2016 conference held in Irwindale, California and organized by Verdical Group. After all, nature has millions of years on us when it comes to creating systems that conserve or even produce energy and clean water. The conference combined two threads of recent discourse in green building: biomimicry, or turning to nature for solutions to design problems, and resilient design, or ensuring that our buildings and cities can not only survive but thrive in the face of growing threats from extreme weather events. Read full article at




Presenter: Amanda Sturgeon, FAIA, LEED Fellow
1:00 PM — 5:00 PM following the Conference at the same location

Learn what biophilic design is, why it is so important, and how to practice it. Explore the differences and intersections between biophilic design and biomimicry and how they can work together. Discover examples of projects that have successfully integrated biophilic design and learn strategies, techniques, and resources you can use to plan and execute a successful biophilic design process from beginning to end. This workshop is a shoulder event to the Verdical Group Biomimicry 2016 Conference. Attendees of the conference will receive the member rate. Register now.