Biomimicry Specialist

Biomimicry Specialist Certification Program

For professionals aspiring to embed biomimicry as a specialization in their current or planned careers, Biomimicry 3.8 offers a Biomimicry Specialist (BSpecialist) certification.

We’re pleased to announce we’re redesigning the program format for 2014–2015 to better meet the needs of our students. Formerly an 8-month intensive program, it will now be offered in a series of smaller courses that can be taken at your own pace. This will make biomimicry education more accessible and affordable, and bring more change-makers into our global network. To further strengthen the value of BSpecialist, we’ll be delivering these courses in partnership with a major university.

We’re working steadily to bring this new format to life, and additional details will be released as soon as they become available.

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Program History

Since its inception in 2011, the BSpecialist program has graduated 80 Biomimicry Specialists in four cohorts. This incredibly talented and diverse group—representing 20 countries, 13 languages, and countless disciplines—integrates the principles of biomimicry and creates conditions conducive to life in their own individual ways.

Biomimicry Specialists in the Spotlight


John Paulick
Biomimicry Specialist 2011

John Paulick’s fascination with the perfect precision and minimal materials of honeycomb structures led to his design of WineHive®, a modular wine rack system made of lightweight aluminum segments that ship flat and interlock to create infinite configurations.

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To bring the WineHive to market, John turned to Kickstarter where he raised over $65,000 in one month, more than four times his initial funding goal.


Carlos Rego
Biomimicry Specialist 2012

Unicer, a Portuguese soft drinks company, challenged packaging manufacturer Logoplaste Innovation Lab to invent a lightweight yet strong and distinctive plastic bottle for its water brand Vitalis.

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For inspiration, designer Carlos Rego turned to the spiral growth pattenrs of the Whitebark pine, which enables it to endure tremendous stress. The bottle, made of PET, has twisted ribbing that provides a recognizable silhouette and withstands more pressure with less weight, saving 250 tons of raw materials each year.


Thom Knittel
Biomimicry Specialist 2011

As part of an HOK–US Green Building Council collaboration to create a children’s center and orphanage in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Thom Knittel found design inspiration in a local keystone species, the Kapok tree.

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The building reflects characteristics of the tree, from its protective outer layer that filters direct sunlight while letting through daylight and airflow to the structure’s branching support system and water cleaning and storage facilities in the basement.


Katherine Collins
Biomimicry Specialist 2013

Katherine Collins, author of The Nature of Investing: Resilient Investment Strategies through Biomimicry, uses the natural world as a guide for an integrated, regenerative approach to investing that benefits communities and the planet.

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She is Founder and CEO of Honeybee Capital, a research firm dedicated to the pursuit of optimal investment decision-making.


BSpecialist Graduate Biographies

2011 BSpecialist cohort
2012 BSpecialist Western cohort
2012 BSpecialist Eastern cohort
2013 BSpecialist cohort



2012 BSpecialist Cohorts

2013 BSpecialist Cohort
2013 cohort testimonial video coming soon!

Archived Program Documents (for reference only)

Biomimicry Specialist Program Brochure
Program Overview Recorded Webinar
Biomimicry Professional and Specialist Program Comparison Recorded Webinar