Meet Your Mentors

Biomimicry

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Our FREE, fully online, 4-week biomimicry course starts in a few days: Monday, March 20. (Still time to register!). I wanted to introduce you to the two mentors -Alyssa and Shannon- that will be joining me in the course to help with student engagement. Both mentors are alumni of MCAD’s Master of Arts in Sustainable Design program and are well-versed in sustainability and biomimicry.

This course will be a fun introduction to biomimicry, a sustainability framework where we learn from nature’s best design ideas to help us solve human design challenges. SIGN UP FOR FREE! Everyone is welcome (course taught in English only).

Course dates

The course will run for 4 weeks from March 20-April 16, 2017.

Course description

Nature offers boundless inspiration for sustainable design, but how do we access the wealth of biological information available and apply it effectively to design? This course provides an introduction to the tools and principles of biomimicry, a new discipline that emulates nature’s best ideas and blueprints in order to solve human design challenges. Each week you’ll get outside to explore nature and learn a key biomimicry design concept that you’ll then apply to develop a novel biomimetic design.

Meet Shannon!

Shannon Reece

Meet Alyssa!

Alyssa Hayes

You’ll prepare for the Biomimicry Global Design Challenge

During this course, you’ll have a chance to interact with other people and learn about the Biomimicry Institute’s Biomimicry Global Design Challenge (BGDC). This year’s challenge focus is on climate change. In past years, people from the course have come together to form teams to apply to the BGDC. Team BioNurse, from Chile, came together in this course and went on to become 3rd place winners for the BDGC in 2015. Learn more about Bionurse.

At the completion of the course, students will have:

  • Defined and applied biomimicry concepts, tools, and principles by creating novel biomimetic designs.
  • Differentiated between nature’s design principles, strategies, functions, and patterns to apply them to human-made designs.
  • Observed nature and conducted research to learn from nature through real-world, outdoor observations.
  • Employed the biological solutions database AskNature.org to serve as a research tool for design challenges.

Course instructor

The course will be led by the director of MCAD’s Sustainable Design Program, Cindy Gilbert. Learn more about Cindy’s biomimicry background.

Register

Course registration is open. Sign up for FREE today.

Questions?

If you have questions about this course or MCAD’s Sustainable Design Program, please contact us, we’d love to hear from you!

Image courtesy of Flickr CC by Mark Oakley

Cindy Gilbert / Director

Cindy Gilbert is the founding director of MCAD’s Sustainable Design program which is home to the fully online, multidisciplinary MA in Sustainable Design (MASD) that is the first of its kind in the world. In this role, she fosters a culture of awareness and creativity through sustainable, innovative and collaborative design. The MASD program blends theory, practice and leadership into a holistic, hands-on learning experience that culminates in student-driven thesis work that brings novel, sustainability-focused products and services to fruition.

Cindy has taught numerous courses and workshops, around the world and online, in the fields of biology, sustainability and biomimicry. She is founder of Alula Consulting which specializes in innovative online and sustainability education projects for educational institutions, non-profits, and corporations. Most recently, she served for nearly four years as the founding director of university education at the Biomimicry Institute where she developed and managed all higher education programs, including the professional certification program, annual education summits, affiliate and fellows programs, and design challenges. Cindy is based in Montana.

  • Heatherlee Nguyen

    I was SO excited to see this offering! Someone randomly posted about it on Linkedin and I had to sign up. The world needs more of this thinking.. can’t wait to dive in!

    Thank you Cindy, Shannon and Alyssa!

  • Luci Xocolatl

    hello I would like to reach this courses or at least watch the video, but it seems not possible. Could you please help me?