Biomimicry is the imitation of the models, systems and elements of nature for the purpose of solving complex human problems. It is an approach to innovation that seeks sustainable solution to human challenges by emulating natures time-tested patterns and strategies. Prashant and Seema encouraged the participants to reconnect with nature and consult natural processes to derive solutions for real world challenges. The 2-day workshop featured hands-on activities, discussions and demonstrations that focused on explaining how biology can be integrated into problem solving approaches.
Prashant is the Co-founder of the Biomimicry India Network. He holds a MS degree (Master of Science ) in Biomimicry from the Arizona State University, U.S.A along with Biomimicry Professional Certification awarded by Biomimicry 3.8, USA . He also holds a degree in Architecture from SPA Delhi, and an MBA from ISB Hyderabad. Prashant has conducted Biomimicry workshops and talks in various institutes. These include IIT Gandhinagar, CEPT Ahmedabad, NIFT Hyderabad, NID Bangalore & Vijayawada and Ahmedabad University amongst others. In his 21 years of work experience Prashant has been an entrepreneur-practitioner apart from working in a range of roles and projects ranging from documenting the Alchi Monastry in Ladak, being the Campus Architect for the expansion of Dyal Singh College in Delhi, developing ‘Zest’ for Mahindra Holidays to working as Head of Campus Development at the Indian Institute for Human Settlements. He is one of the few professionals who provided design services in the walled city (Shajahanabad) in Delhi. He has also written on issues related to design and especially LIFE centered design. Prashant prefers to call himself an amateur researcher of issues related to sustainable happiness and well being.
Seema Anand is a Biomimicry Specialist (Biomimicry 3.8 Institute, USA, 2011) & a practicing Architect in Bangalore. She spent initial part of her career discovering, learning and working on vernacular architecture, which ingeniously uses only local resources in the built environs. After a short stint in conservation architecture she in now involved in large scale urban projects and issues. With a focus on working towards sustainable habitats, she considers Biomimicry as a ‘lighthouse’ that will guide her approach to design and problem solving. She consults and teaches biomimicry approach in the field of design. She is a visiting faculty in RV College of Architecture, Bangalore, India. Some of the prestigious places where she has taught biomimicry include Tongji University (Shanghai) National Institute of Design (Bangalore) and Shristi school of Art, Design &Technology (Bangalore). She is the co-founder of “Biomimicry India Network”, a network which aims to spread awareness and catalyze biomimicry in India. She is also the co-founder of “Biomimicry India Lab and Studio”, a company which consults and undertakes research in the field of biomimicry