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Biomimicry Institute – Biomimicry for Entrepreneurs


UC San Diego Innovation Calendar



SDG&E Energy Innovation Center


The Earth is a laboratory in which life has evolved adaptations to the design challenges of its diverse environments. The organisms surrounding us are the winners of these design experiments, those that developed a dynamic equilibrium in their environments while using resources sustainably. Biomimicry studies these biological adaptations to help designers, engineers, architects, and business leaders solve design and engineering challenges. The goal of biomimicry is to create products, processes, and policies that are well-adapted to sustaining life on earth and that provide innovative improvements to our way of life.

Historically, humanity has considered nature as a resource to be mined rather than a mentor from which to learn, sometimes resulting in harmful consequences for all. We have not always understood how natural systems work, and proper application of biomimicry requires a deep understanding of how living systems function in an environment.


Seminar Highlights

  • Integrating design, engineering, business and biomimicry
  • ​Green chemistry and biomimicry in materials design
  • ​Lesson learned from successful commercialized biomimetic solutions
  • ​Learn from biomimicry entrepreneurs (guest speakers)


This course is eligible for Continuing Education Units (CEUs) from the American Institute of Architects (AIA), and the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI)

Speaker: Jacques Edouard Chirazi, Certified Biomimicry Professional, has managed the City of San Diego’s Clean Tech Initiative since 2007. His focus is to create economic growth while fostering sustainability. One emerging initiative is to bridge clean technology with biomimicry. He develops and supports a clean technology cluster in San Diego. As a critical thinker analyzing complex programs and policies, he leverages his strong communication skills while collaborating across a diverse range of private, public, and non-profit sector groups. With a passion for learning about the natural world and understanding how nature could transform the corporate environment, his long term vision is to create new business models and financial instruments to accelerate the commercialization of biomimetic solutions. Jacque’s innovative thinking allows him to create the conditions needed for this transformation. 

Jacques served six years as Senior Project Manager at Bainbridge, Inc., a strategic management consulting firm that provides consulting services for Fortune 500 companies. He currently teaches sustainability and clean technology courses to business students at the University of California, San Diego and San Diego State University. Jacques is also a Certified Energy Manager (C.E.M.), Renewable Energy Professional (R.E.P.) and a LEED Green Associate.

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