Nicolas Vernoux Thelot 

Biology and architecture: interdisciplinarity for sustainable innovations  

5pm PST Friday, March 3, 2023

Business Rotunda (03-213)


Nicolas Vernoux Thelot graduated from the Versailles School of Architecture and from Paris VIII University. His degrees and interests span architecture, botany and ecological issues with application in bio-inspired design. Nicolas founded INSITU LAB in 2000, to advance architectural innovation based on biological models. His work crosses disciplinary boundaries and is published in many architecture and scientific journals. In recognition of his commitment to design, he has been awarded the Public Price of Paris Contemporary Architectures Award, the Green Solutions Award, the International Design Award, the Architecture Masterprize, and was recognized with the Europe 40 Under 40 Architects prize. 

Buildings are toxic for the environment while plants are virtuous. Their growth strategies are efficient, and their architecture is resilient. They generate ecosystems. How can building design be inspired from plants and biological patterns to reduce their ecological footprint? 

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