Integrate Biomimicry Into Design

  • Tuesday, March 19, 2019
  • 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
  • SDGE Energy Innovation Center, 4760 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA 92117


In this session, students will learn about the biomimicry methodology and procedures.  Biomimicry differs from other "bio-approaches" by consulting organisms and ecosystems and applying their underlying design principles to our innovations.  This approach introduces an entirely new realm for entrepreneurship that can contribute innovative designs and solutions to our problems.  It also informs people of the importance of conserving the biodiversity on Earth that has so much yet to teach us


  • Introduction to the Biomimicry Thinking methodology
  • Navigate the scoping, creating and evaluating stages of the biomimicry methodology and understand what it means to incorporate biology into each of those phases
  • Utilize the Life’s Principles diagram as a design, scoping and evaluation tool
  • Apply the biomimicry principle to design challenges
  • Functional Biology
  • Hand-on learning activities:
    • Human-Centered Design
    • Function Junctions
    • Go Fish


Jacques Edouard Chirazi, Certified Biomimicry Professional, has managed the City of San Diego’s Clean Tech Initiative since 2007. His focus is to create economic growth while fostering sustainability. One emerging initiative is to bridge clean technology with biomimicry. He developed and supports a clean technology cluster in San Diego. His long-term vision is to create new business models and financial instruments to accelerate the commercialization of biomimetic solutions. Jacques is the Innovation and Commercialization Manager for the Biomimicry Institute and oversees the Biomimicry Launchpad program.  Currently Jacques teaches sustainability and clean technology courses to business students at the University of California, San Diego. Jacques is also a Certified Energy Manager (C.E.M.), Renewable Energy Professional (R.E.P.) and a LEED® Green Associate.

Additional Details

Check-In: 8 a.m., with breakfast provided

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This is a project of the San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative, which is partially funded by California utility customers and administered by San Diego Gas & Electric® (SDG&E) under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission. The Center for Sustainable Energy® is a member of the collaborative. Trademarks are property of their respective owners.