Online Biomimicry Course


Last week (!!!) to register for our 10-week, fully online summer course, Introduction to Biomimicry. It will be taught by new MASD faculty, Tim McGee, co-founder of LikoLab.

Course description

In this course students learn how to abstract functional strategies from nature to apply to the process of innovative design. This project-oriented studio course covers core biological principles, astounds students with the wealth of design solutions available in nature, and provides numerous case studies of innovative designs inspired by natural models. Overall, this course provides powerful metaphors and methods for looking to nature as model, mentor, and measure in our designs.

  • NOTE: this is a non-credit version of Biomimetic Design, a 3-credit Sustainable Design course.
  • Runs June 1-August 7.
  • Only 18 spaces available.
  • Must register by May 27.
  • Open to students ages 18 and above.
  • Save 10% by using this coupon code: MOOC15
  • Register today!
  • Questions? Contact MCAD Continuing Education at [email protected] or call 612.874.3765.

Learn more about Tim

Timothy R. McGee (MS / University of California Santa Barbara) is chief biologist and designer at LikoLab, a biology and design firm in Seattle, that learns from nature, and makes things. LikoLab explores the interface between biology and design helping organizations confront both the human and scientific challenges of emerging technology. Tim’s work spans broad challenges from developing new ways to manufacture materials to enabling cities to build resilient systems for growth and development. Tim is also co-founder of Biomimicry New England, a non-profit that works to establish nature and natural systems as an important resource for education and innovation in New England. When not in the studio Tim is often with his family hunting the woods for edible mushrooms, fiddling with camera equipment, or dipping his toes in the ocean. Tim is based in Washington State.

MCAD also offers a master of arts in Sustainable Design degree geared towards busy working professionals who want to change the world for the better. Learn more today!


Contact MCAD Continuing Education at [email protected] or call 612.874.3765.


Image courtesy of Flickr CC @NOAA Photo Library

Cindy Gilbert / Former Director

Cindy is founder and director of Alula Consulting which specializes in innovative online and sustainability education projects for educational institutions, non-profits, and corporations. Recent clients include The Lemelson Foundation, VentureWell, Green Building Research Institute, University of Montana, PBS, Silverback Films, and more. Cindy has taught numerous courses and workshops, around the world and online, in the fields of biology, sustainability and biomimicry.

Cindy was the founding director of MCAD’s Sustainable Design program for 7.5 years 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 fostered a culture of awareness and creativity through sustainable, innovative and collaborative design. Before MCAD, 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. Please contact her through LinkedIn.