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Friday, May 13 • 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Biomimetic Structures
Track: Biomimicry + Biophilic Design

Humans have long looked to the elegant structures in nature for inspiration. From a delicate bird’s wing to the strength of a tree trunk, nature has lessons for how to create beautiful structures with incredible structural efficiency. Over the past decade, the analytical methods of evaluating these shapes and translating their efficient forms into built systems has advanced rapidly. New evaluation tools and 3-D models are putting biomimetic structures within reach of architectural designers. This session will provide lessons learned from leading structural engineers and designers looking to apply nature’s forms to today's designs.

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Speakers
avatar for Don Davies

Don Davies

President, Magnusson Klemencic Associates
Don Davies is President of Magnusson Klemencic Associates (MKA), a 198-person, award-winning structural and civil engineering firm based in Seattle.  Don received his B.S. in Civil Engineering in 1987 from Washington State University and his M.S. in Structural Engineering in 1990 from the University of California, Berkeley.  He has designed projects in 19 countries, including buildings of 105 stories.  Don is a participant in the... Read More →
avatar for Thomas Knittel

Thomas Knittel

Design Partner, McLennan Design
Tom is an architect and McLennan Design Partner. He holds a BSC from Biomimicry 3.8, MDesS from Harvard, and received the 2013 Excellence in Biomimicry Award. He leads the design of the USGBC’s LEED Platinum Clinton Children’s Center in Haiti, a role he began at HOK and continues through the Green Warrior Society. He has taught at USC and lectured at ASU in 2015, and delivered the Sustaining Our World lecture at UW in 2013... Read More →
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James Kraus

Vice President/Senior Project Designer, HOK
James is a Senior Designer with HOK’s San Francisco studio having recently re-located from New York as a Senior Architect with notable design firm, Grimshaw. His professional experience is focused in the urban realm and spans award-winning national and international projects ranging from transportation facilities, corporate/commercial developments and civic buildings. James is a frequent lecturer, panelist and author on design... Read More →
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Kathy Zarsky

Systems Director, HOLOS
Kathy is the founder of HOLOS, a sustainability consultancy whose core tenet is ecological intelligence. As a highly skilled Biomimicry Specialist, Kathy is adept at synthesizing strategies that address the dynamic relationship between people and the built environment. Her approach stands out for its holistic exploration of design and systems across scales, using customized frameworks that integrate ecological processes and patterns. Kathy is... Read More →


Friday May 13, 2016 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Westin: Ballroom 2 1900 5th Avenue Seattle, Washington, 98101