At Biomimicry Chicago, we seek the answers to humanity’s challenges by stepping outside the box and diving into the wild world of Life.  Through the biomimicry methodology, we find unconventional solutions to conventional challenges, big and small.

Connect with Biomimicry Chicago and our growing network of interdisciplinary professionals and students as we learn from nature, cross-pollinate innovative ideas, inspire locally attuned design, and accelerate the path to a more sustainable Chicago.

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Thank you to all who joined us for our successful Deep Roots kickoff workshop Friday, April 21, 2017! 



We aim to not only educate people about biomimicry, but also reap the benefits of biomimicry by incorporating biomimicry into practice.  Below you'll find links to our current projects, as well as links to selected past projects.

Current Projects

Deep Roots Initiative

Biomimicry Chicago’s ongoing “Deep Roots” Initiative seeks to create a collaborative process that brings together a diverse group of stakeholders of the built environment to collectively work toward a new paradigm of sustainability, resilience, and beauty for the Chicago region. Click here to find out more!

past Projects

Living Building Challenge Collaborative: Chicago Design Competition 2013

Biomimicry Chicago delivered a 2-hour Design Jam to inspire a LBC design challenge working group through story, original biomimicry brainstorming materials.


Biomimicry Chicago’s mission is to learn from nature, cross-pollinate innovative ideas, inspire locally attuned design, and accelerate the path to a more sustainable Chicago. Toward that end, we:

Facilitate a growing network of professionals and students

Design and facilitate biomimcry-based workshops

Partner with local design organizations to bring biomimicry content to the people who will use it

Speak to public and private audiences


We are deeply embedded in the local design industry and current and past collaborators include the United States Green Building Council – Illinois Chapter, the American Institute of Architect Chicago Committee on the Environment, and the Living Building Challenge Collaborative: Chicago. We also reach out to local institutions and non-profit groups to provide content and experiences for the general public, including Great Lakes Chicago Bioneers, the Oak Park Conservatory, The Lurie Garden and the Chicago Center for Green Technology.

Biomimicry Chicago is a local node of The Biomimicry Institute's Global Biomimicry Network.

Cultivating a Vision for Cities as Living Systems

Biomimicry is the practice of drawing inspiration from nature to solve the sustainable design challenges we face. Paul Woolford of HOK’s San Francisco office defines the challenge of our day very succinctly: “Like nature, we need resilient, zero-energy, zero-waste, regenerative environments that are aware, responsive and can learn to adapt to their occupants and surroundings.”[1]


Opportunities for Collaboration

We envision a variety of pathways for this project to have an impact on the design (and redesign) of buildings, communities, and regional cities. Building on the work we have done, we are engaging local sponsors and partners to provide focused challenges, information, and monetary resources. Potential avenues for collaboration include:



Amy Coffman Phillips
Founder, The B-Collaborative

Amy Coffman Phillips is the founder of The B-Collaborative, an education and design consultancy, serving to catalyze and facilitate exciting, nature-based projects.  Amy makes presentations on biomimicry, facilitates workshops and brainstorming charrettes, and develops projects for clients looking to learn from nature to facilitate regenerative design. She co-developed a Naturally Resilient Workshop for businesses looking to integrate biological resilience strategies into their strategic planning, and is facilitating the development AskPlace Chicago.  Amy is a licensed architect, LEED BD+C, MBA and Co-Founder of Biomimicry Chicago.


Rachel MW Hahs
Sustainability Consultant
Think Biomimicry

Rachel holds a Master of Science in Biomimicry, and is a Certified Biomimicry Professional (CBP), Envision Sustainability Professional (ENV SP) and project manager with over 13 years of experience in the environmental field focusing on sustainability, innovation and due diligence. Rachel is a systems thinker with a deep understanding of sustainability challenges from innovation and design through operations and end-of-life cycles. She develops and facilitates biomimicry-based sustainable innovation workshops and design charrettes, conducts original biomimicry research on the topic of disruptive innovation, and provides other related services including private and public speaking engagements. Rachel recently started Think Biomimicry, a blog and resource website that aims to enable people to shift from biomimicry-based ideas to implementation to game-changing disruption. 


Contact Us

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