On March 25 architect Thomas Knittel discussed his bio-inspired projects as part of the Design School’s spring 2015 lecture series. As a former senior principal of design and vice president in the Los Angeles office of HOK—a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm—Knittel received more than two dozen design excellence awards, including a GSA Design Excellence Award and AIA Top Ten Green award for KAUST. His work in biomimicry—taking inspiration from natural systems in order to solve human problems—focuses on integrating models from nature into the design of buildings, communities and cities. He holds a Biomimicry Specialty Certificate from Biomimicry 3.8. In 2013 the organization honored him with an Excellence in Biomimicry Award. He is coauthor of the Genius of Biome report, a biomimicry resource created by HOK and Biomimicry 3.8. Knittel currently is a Design Partner with McLennan Design in Seattle.