Developing bioinspired approaches in undergraduate architecture curricula

Incorporating computational methods

  • Kihong Ku Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University)


ABSTRACT: Bioinspiration, biomimicry, biomimetics, are some of the terms being increasingly referenced in the fields of architecture and building engineering in the search for innovation towards sustainability, energy and resource efficiency. Some scholars define biomimetics as an interdisciplinary scientific field and emphasize the complexity of translating an inspiration from nature to a final technological product. The focus is to gain a deeper understanding of functional analogies, processes and mechanisms that aim to abstract fundamental principles beyond morphological analogies which are primarily focusing on the formal aspects.

In this paper, the author examines pedagogical research in bioinspired approaches incorporating computational design methods. This research acknowledges the lack of formalized bioinspired design methods and explains pedagogical case studies to expand the literature. The method is particularly applied in design courses that apply computational methods. The findings suggest that the pedagogical explorations are compatible with methods found in literature and demonstrate that computational tools and methods are important support tools for biomorphic form translations and generations, functional analysis, and prototyping.


KEYWORDS: Bioinspired design, generative design, fiber composites, curricular innovation, sustainability

How to Cite
Ku, K. (2018). Developing bioinspired approaches in undergraduate architecture curricula. ARCC Conference Repository.