Please join IIDA Northland in Part 3 of our Back to Earth Series: A Biophilic Design Workshop, with acclaimed author and speaker Bill Browning.  Bill is a respected thought leader and is the owner of Terrapin, a multidisciplinary consulting firm specializing in public and corporate policy, environmental performance strategies, and green development.  He is the author of The Economics of Biophilia, 14 Patterns of Biophilic Design, Human Spaces 2.0 Hospitality and Biophilic Design, and most recently Nature Inside, a Biophilic Design Guide.  Bill will lead us through a biophilic design workshop to help us support a more nuanced and deeper understanding of both the underlying science and design opportunities associated with biophilic design, and will provide tools and strategies for enmeshing the design process with biophilic principles and goals from start to finish.

There will be two segments in this workshop starting with a group exercise and then moving into a more in depth explanation of the 15 patterns of biophilic design and case studies that speak to the colleges and opportunities unique to this kind of project.  As an added bonus we have 4 copies of Bill’s new book, Nature Inside, a Biophilic Design Guide, to giveaway during the event to a few lucky participants!


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December 18, 2020



8am – 10am CST



IIDA Members: FREE

Non-Members: $30.00

Students: FREE

AIA Members: FREE






There will be a l group activity for first segment, CEU Pending


William Browning, BED Colorado University, MSRED MIT, Hon. AIA, LEED AP

Bill is the Managing Partner in Terrapin Bright Green, an environmental strategies research and consulting firm. Browning’s clients include Disney, New Songdo City, Lucasfilm, Google, Marriott, Bank of America, Salesforce, the Inn of the Anasazi, the White House, and the Sydney 2000 Olympic Village. Browning was a founding member of the USGBC Board of Directors. He began research in human productivity and green buildings in the 1990s at Rocky Mountain Institute and is co-author of Greening the Building and the Bottom Line (1994), The Economics of Biophilia (2012), 14 Patterns of Biophilic Design (2104), Human Spaces 2.0 Biophilic Design in Hospitality (2017) and Nature Inside (2020). His work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Washington Post, Elle Popular Science, and in segments by NPR, Reuters, CNN, and PBS.

Dakota Walker, B.Sc. Environmental Management and Policy, LEED Green Associate

Dakota is an Associate Project Manager and Research Analyst at Terrapin Bright Green. He has co-authored several publications and coordinated a wide range of workshops including educational workshops, goal-setting exercises and community engagement efforts. Recently, he managed a workshop of 40 community members and sustainable design experts to identify resilient and energy efficient rebuilding solutions for victims of the 2018 Woolsey fire. At Terrapin, Dakota has consulted with design firms, fortune 500 companies and developers on sustainability, resilience, and biophilic design optimization. He is also Co-Chair for Urban Green’s Emerging Professionals Committee.

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