Monthly Luncheon Meeting


The monthly meeting of the Chapter features presentations of interest to the architectural profession.

Biomimicry: A Design Tool for Desert Environments

March 12, 2020

Time: 11:45 am to 1:15 pm

Location: Restaurant Martin

Credit Designations: 1.0 LU/HSW (pending)

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Program Summary

Nature offers boundless inspiration for sustainable design, but how do we access the wealth of biological information available and apply it effectively to design?


Design in desert environments is one of extremes. Nature is constantly evolving and creating networks to survive in a way that enriches the entire community.  Biomimicry is an approach to innovation that seeks sustainable solutions to human challenges by emulating nature’s time-tested patterns and strategies.

Biomimicry is the study of how nature is designed to thrive. 


This session provides an introduction to the tools and principles of biomimicry, a discipline that emulates nature's best blueprints to inform a more sustainable existence for all life on earth.


Kris Callori, Master of Biomimicry, Registered Architect, LEED Fellow, WELL AP, CEO of Verdacity, LLC

Kris is fascinated by how native ecosystems collaboratively build community and solve design problems.  She is the founder of Verdacity, an Albuquerque-based sustainability consulting firm that guides teams to achieve high performance building goals.  Kris acknowledges that we have the intuitive knowledge as designers to create structures that are truly integrated with the surrounding environment.  She is an avid presenter and advocate for ideas that inspire the way we build, fostering continued progress towards a healthy and prosperous society.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the inherent intelligence of nature and its ability to survive and thrive in desert environments.

  2. Experience how multiple design disciplines use nature as inspiration, both aesthetic and functional.

  3. Learn a process to interpret nature’s intelligence and practically apply it to the design of the built environment.

  4. Be inspired to apply new methodologies that tap into nature to inform novel design ideas.

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