Biophilic Design for a Nature-Connected Society

Erin Rovalo, Ph.D. | Education Team Leader, International Living Future Institute; Faculty Associate, Arizona State University and Biomimicry

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As we become more urbanized as a species, it is the responsibility of the design community to design for human-nature connection. Erin will share multiple examples of biophilic design, including past winners of the Stephen Kellert Biophilic Design Award and projects that have been certified by the International Living Future Institute as Living Buildings. These examples demonstrate what good looks like in the built environment when designing a thriving human habitat and can inspire others to adopt the biophilic design approach.

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Erin Rovalo leads International Living Future Institute’s (ILFI) education team in their mission to empower an international and diverse community of practice with the skills, values, and knowledge necessary to take bold action towards a living future. In this role, she is responsible for ILFI’s educational strategy and oversees curriculum design, course development, and credentialing. Erin has 15 years of experience in sustainable innovation consulting and adult education and is a recognized expert in biomimicry and nature inspired design methods. She is an experienced scholar and researcher holding a PhD in Design Practice and has published academic research as well as editorial articles in Fast Company, Greenbiz, and Metropolis among others. Her goal is to leverage ILFI’s education platform to connect research to practice and accelerate positive change at the frontier of regenerative design. In addition to her role at ILFI, Erin is Faculty Associate in the MSc Biomimicry program jointly offered by Arizona State University and Biomimicry 3.8 where she teaches Biomimicry & Design and iSites: Nature Journaling for Biomimicry. She serves on the Board of Directors for The Biomimicry Institute whose mission is to empower people to create nature-inspired solutions for a healthy planet. Erin lives on Bainbridge Island in Washington and is an encaustic artist exploring nature-based patterns.