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Peter Lawrence

President and Co-founder of Biomimicry New England

From 1985 to 2014, Peter was Chairman & Founder of the Corporate Design Foundation, whose mission was to improve the quality of life and the effectiveness of organizations through design. In 2001 he received the Teknion Humanitarian Award for the work of the Corporate Design Foundation. Prior to this he was Director of the Design Management Institute in Boston. From 1986 to 1997, he was a Lecturer at Boston University School of Management, and he has also taught design at Babson and UT Austin’s School of Business. During 1982-84, he was a Lecturer at London Business School and served on the Advisory Board of the School’s Design Management Unit. He was a Visiting Fellow at the Warren Center of the University of Sidney from 1986-87. He received a degree in economics from Lafayette College, and after serving as a Supply Officer in the U.S. Navy, he received a degree in architecture from Rhode Island School of Design. In 2011 he received an honorary Doctor of Arts from Kendal College of Art & Design.

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Timothy R. McGee

Co-Founder

Timothy R. McGee is chief biologist and designer at LikoLab, a biology & design firm on Bainbridge Island, Washington, that learns from nature and makes things. Likolab explores the interface between biology and design and helps organizations confront both the human and scientific challenges of emerging technology. Tim’s work spans broad challenges from developing new ways to manufacture materials to enabling cities to build resilient systems for growth and development. 

Prior to Likolab Tim spent time at IDEO (a global design firm) and Biomimicry 3.8 (a global biomimicry consulting firm) building on the interaction between biology and design. This included conducting design research for both global and local clients. His experience spans creating new service offerings, managing projects, facilitating workshops, teaching professional courses and directing the materials and products area of focus for Biomimicry 3.8.

Tim holds a BA in Biology from Colby College, and a MS in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of California Santa Barbara. When not in the studio Tim is often with his family hunting the woods for edible mushrooms, fiddling with camera equipment, or dipping his toes in the ocean.

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Anamarija Frankic

Co-Founder and Director of the Green Harbors Project

Anamarija Frankić is a founding director of the Green Harbors Project®, and the Biomimicry LivingLabs®, a research professor at UMass Boston and University of Zadar, Croatia. She is a Biomimicry, Fulbright, AAUW and Sea Grant Knauss Congressional Fellow. In 2014 she co-founded the Biomimicry New England. to bring nature-based solutions to K-12 education and wider public. The premise of her work is to teach and learn by doing locally applied science research projects based on nature's solutions. She has been a leader nationally and internationally in promoting biomimetic solutions and applying the whole system approach for resilient living in the human built environment. Dr. Frankic’s work has been recognized by awards from the American Association of University Women (AAUW), the US President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, two US National Awards in Engineering Excellence, and the City of Boston award for her services to local communities. In 2017, her team NexLoop won the Global Biomimicry Challenge award, with the AquaWeb (patented) biomimetic design for in situ capturing, storing, and distributing atmospheric water to support sustainable and affordable local food production.


Chris Novotny

BIOMIMICRY STRATEGIST & CONTENT DIRECTOR

Coming from a design, architecture, and construction management background, Chris blends his design and problem solving expertise with biomimicry to inspire and develop innovative solutions for complex human challenges. Chris holds a BSc in Environmental Design with an emphasis in Architecture from the University of Colorado Boulder and a MSc in Biomimicry from Arizona State University where he also worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistant for Dr. Dayna Bauhmiester. Chris has worked on numerous multidisciplinary biomimetic research projects, navigating the scoping, discovering, creating, and evaluating phases on a wide variety of design and sustainability challenges.

Chris brings his expertise to Biomimicry New England where he hopes to help local students and professionals reconnect with nature and discover the power of biomimicry thinking.