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—a program with over 100 alumni. Many Biomimicry Specialists have excelled in their work and emerged as thought leaders within their professional communities by bringing sustainable innovation values and concepts inspired by the genius of the natural world into their projects at a wide variety of levels. With examples ranging from mass transit and product design to investment strategy and architecture, learn more how Biomimicry Specialists have elevated their careers as innovators and change agents in the Biomimicry Specialists in the Spotlight below.

To further strengthen the value of BSpecialist, we’ll be delivering these courses in partnership with Arizona State University (ASU).  An announcement with more details regarding this exciting partnership is planned for release in Fall 2014.


About the Program

We’re pleased to announce that we have redesigned the program format to better meet the needs of our program participants. Formerly an 8-month intensive program, the training is now offered in a series of smaller courses that can be taken at your own pace. This makes biomimicry education more accessible and affordable, and will bring more change-makers into our global network.

The Biomimicry Specialist Certification Program includes both:

  1. on-site immersion programs that are facilitated directly by Biomimicry 3.8  

  2. online coursework taught by Biomimicry 3.8 and administered and accredited by ASU


Immersion Programs
The required immersion programs are focused on two critical biomimicry skill sets: 1) discovering nature’s genius, and 2) applying the Biomimicry Thinking methodology. These multi-day immersion programs are offered on an annual basis and give participants the experience of getting hands-on with biomimicry among peers and with the guidance and support of our experienced instructors.

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Online Coursework
The required online coursework complements the immersion programs and engages participants from the comfort of their own home as they dive deep into the biomimicry philosophy, core concepts, resources, and tools.

Online coursework enrollment is expected to commence in the 2014-2015 academic calendar year through ASU.  

Introduction to Biomimicry is a prerequisite online course by Biomimicry 3.8 that is available as a stand alone enrollment opportunity and is included in the enrollment of either the immersion programs or online coursework.

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Program History

Since its inception in 2011, the BSpecialist program has successfully graduated four cohorts resulting in 80 Biomimicry Specialists representing over 20 countries around the world and speaking 13 languages combined! This diverse and incredibly talented group of biomimicry practitioners is creating conditions conducive to life in each of their unique individual endeavors.

Biomimicry Specialists in the Spotlight

Arndt Pechstein
Biomimicry Specialist 2012

In 2050 more than two thirds will live in cities. How can we re-think mobility in future cities? Arndt Pechstein and Team Berlin team presented at the Audi Urban Futures Award 2014 with a biomimicry approach having three major aspects:

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(i) Typology of future vehicles

The idea is to blur the boundary between individual/ private and collective/public transport. We suggested a mechanism inspired by kinesins (=molecular motors in our cells) where the passenger cabin and the prime mover/power train can be separated. This de-coupling allows for hacking various infrastructures as well as allowing various energy systems to operate. Besides, customization and design diversity are more easily possible.

(ii) Infrastructure where those vehicles will move

Inspired by protein hubs in molecular networks, we want to dissolve the static structure of our current city hubs thus creating a just-in-time system. This allows savings of both energy and waiting times of people.

(iii) Behavior with which those vehicles move

Inspired by agent-based swarm intelligence we aim at creating a just-in-time system that operates bottom-up (as opposed to top-down). Instead of traffic regulation by centralized city systems, we envision autonomous driving as a solution to congestion-free cities with efficient transport.

The approach of their team was to consider cities as flow systems. Flow systems and mobility exist everywhere in nature – from micro to macro level.


John Paulick
Biomimicry Specialist 2011

WineHive® was designed by industrial designer and certified Biomimicry Specialist John Paulick. Through his fascination with the effiency of honeycomb structures, John created a lightweight modular system for storing wine bottles to efficiently and beautifully store wine bottles.  

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John emulated the key design principle behind the honeycomb beehive, the 120-degree joint system, to create an interlocking system that uses minimal material and the utmost precision. His design for a single structural element repeats itself to form an infinite array of honeycomb structures.

John utilized the power of crowdfunding on Kickstarter to bring the WineHive to market. With an initial funding goal of $15,000 to cover tooling and first production costs, WineHive took off and raised over $65,000 in less than 30 days!



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