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Erin Rovalo Certified Biomimicry Professional, LEED AP BD+C

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PhD Student

Drawing from an architectural background, Erin weaves design thinking expertise with biomimicry for a distinctly innovative approach to sustainable solutions. Erin’s goal is to deliver a holistic methodology for driving innovation alongside ecosystem regeneration and conservation.

Erin’s scope of work includes leading innovative built environment projects and she has supported more than 30 built environment projects working with developers, planners, architects, and engineers to seize their unique opportunities to design, build, and operate resiliently and abundantly within Earth's operating conditions. Her work also stretches beyond built environment to include solving packaging design and consumer products challenges for clients. She has successfully managed biomimicry innovation initiatives for Natura, Estee Lauder, Lone Meadow, Interface, and Burt’s Bees.

Erin also serves as a biomimicry and design trainer to adult learners around the world and has supported the professional training of more than 150 participants in the Biomimicry 3.8 certification programs. She has served as a lead instructor for immersion workshops around the world. Through the Arizona State University Master’s of Science in Biomimicry degree program, Erin teaches both the Biomimicry and Design and the iSites: Biomimetic Nature Journaling courses.

Erin’s research interests include the process of accessing and translating key insights from the biological to the design domain and enabling interdisciplinary collaboration between biologists and the creative problem solvers of the world.

Prototyping Design Principles Abstracted From The Biological Domain

Key areas of expertise include Biomimicry, Sustainable Design, Sustainable Architecture, Design Thinking, Design Management