Abstract: “Bioinspired” refers to a range of novel approaches (biomimetics, bionics, biodesign, etc.) to design that make use of disciplined studies of natural systems. Recent and emerging developments in such design methods are enhancing the capacity of engineers and architects to move beyond conventional design set-points and identify effective strategies to address novel problem spaces. This program will provide an overview of the practice of bioinspired design as it may be applied toward future systems engineering and architecture project work. Additionally, practical approaches to near and long-term implementation will be discussed.
Bio: Randall Anway, AIA is a Registered Architect in New York and Connecticut specializing in interdisciplinary architectural design research inspired by natural patterns and systems. Since 2011, he has studied emerging practices of bioinspired design and biomimetics applied to architecture and systems engineering. He holds a Master of Architecture from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Connecticut. Randall’s work draws on diverse experience in academic, industrial, non-profit, and small business settings involved with design and programmatic processes. As Co-chair of the Natural Systems Working Group for the International Council on Systems Engineering, and as Secretary of the Board of Directors for the Connecticut Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, he supports professional development for Architects and Engineers. Through a collaborative approach and consultancy, New Tapestry, LLC, he offers unique, innovative, and practical research concerning building capacity for innovation in design and engineering.