SBSE Retreat 2022

Wed, Jul 20 - Sat, Jul 23
BIO-INSPIRED DESIGN Biophilic, Biomimetic, and Bioclimatic+ Perspectives Seattle, WA | July 20-23, 2022

Biophilic, Biomimetic, and Bioclimatic+ Perspectives
Seattle, WA | July 20-23, 2022

Left: New York Times Building, Renzo Piano, Center: Levitated mass, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Michael Heizer; Right: COOKFOX Studio; Source: Terrapin 14 Patterns of Biophilic Design:


Biophilic, Biomimetic & Bioclimatic+ Perspectives

RETREAT THEME: Bio-Inspired Teaching, Learning, and Practice

Despite the evolution of human – nature relationships and the long trajectory of “designing with nature,” from the earliest indigenous and vernacular dwellings to emerging high and low-technological innovations, the recent challenges of the global pandemic and climate crisis shine a light on the importance for humans to redouble their efforts to understand the interconnectedness of all life and the fragility of our beloved planet. How might we clarify, frame and/or reframe the “foundation and essential principles” of bio-inspired design (biophilic, biomimetic, bioclimatic, etc.) and their intersections with building science education and sustainable and regenerative design theories, strategies, processes, and methods for the benefit of humans, other species, and the planet?

The 2022 SBSE Retreat proposes a forum to share the best practices of bio-inspired design as well as an opportunity to find common ground in developing shared teaching and learning resources, definitions, case studies, methods, strategies, and practice. What frameworks might SBSE develop to elevate and integrate bio-inspired design approaches in our individual areas of teaching, learning, research and/or practice in response to the pressing issues of our day? As Beatrice Ungard from the Regenesis Group suggests, what if we consider how bio-inspired perspectives might shift from focusing on “fixing things that have degenerated,” to focus on what “new possibilities or ways of doing things that don’t exist now, but could in the future”?

Biophilic, biomimetic, and/or bioclimatic+ perspectives on design education encourage educators, students, and practitioners to investigate their personal relationships with the dynamic conditions of place, including other species, ecosystems, habitat, environmental forces, ecological conditions, and the health and well-being. How might bio-inspired design provide deeper insights into regenerative design intentions and strategies across design issues and scales for all life?

QUESTIONS & PROMPTS: Bio-Inspired Inspiration & Methods for Design Education?

What are the ecological, experiential, and atmospheric opportunities of biophilic, biomimetic, and/or bioclimatic+ perspectives to enhance design education & practice to meet today’s challenges and opportunities? What are the promise and distinctions between these design theories and strategies? How might bio-inspired approaches expand, inspire, and inform the design goals, methods, and strategies for architectural design education and practice?

● How do bio-inspired design approaches intersect with building science?

● Why do bio-inspired approaches to design education and practice matter in today’s global context?

● What are the potential ecological, experiential, and design benefits given current challenges and opportunities?

● What are the best practices for bio-inspired design education, research, and practice?

● What are the education, research, and/or practice gaps?

Event Coordination

● Mary Guzowski, Professor, School of Architecture, University of Minnesota; 
● Margot McDonald, Professor, Department of Architecture, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, 
● Sandy Stannard, Professor, Department of Architecture, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, 
● Alicia Daniels Uhlig, Lecturer, University of Washington and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo,

● Interested Collaborators: We welcome any interested individuals who would like to participate in development of the retreat. Please contact Mary Guzowski for information:

Venue / Lodging

VENUE – Seattle, WA

SBSE Retreat in Seattle will be hosted on the University of Washington campus in two adjacent buildings:

Both are within walking distance to lightrail and multiple bus lines.

A sincere thank you to the Department of Architecture – Kate Simonen, Professor and Chair of the Department of Architecture and Rob Peña, Associate Professor – for hosting the SBSE 2022 Retreat.

Please note that the 2022 SBSE Retreat is being planned as a hybrid in-person with some online portion to maintain flexibility due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Seattle has an abundance of outdoor activities to support the bio-inspired theme. Those who feel comfortable traveling will be responsible for their own travel, lodging, and most meal reservations. The planning committee will provide recommendations to assist. Meeting venues were vetted for easy public transit access. Seattle has a convenient Link lightrail system that was extended in Fall 2021 north of University of Washington (Northgate). The southernmost stop is just south of the SEA TAC International Airport (Angle Lake) and there is a stop at SEATAC so you can use transit to town or the University. While Seattle made news in 2021 with its high vaccination rate, no location is without risk. All in-person registrants and guests acknowledge the inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 in any public or private space where people are present. By attending, you and any guests assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19 and your own costs associated with travel, lodging, and meals. For up-to-date information on COVID protocols, risks and restrictions, you should access CDC, King County, as well as the UW links provided below.


Near University of Washington,  Seattle, Washington

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  2. VBRO: Vacation Rentals by Owners: Seattle:


University Inn
Phone: (206) 632-5055
Reservations: (800) 733-3855
Fax: (206) 547-4937
4140 Roosevelt Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105

102 rooms, AAA approved. Rates are for one person. Extra adults; add $10; children under 18 stay free with parents. Short walk west of University campus; free parking; breakfast buffet, afternoon snack, free local shuttle service (available by reservation); hotel wide wireless internet access and computer station in the lobby to check your email; non-smoking hotel; seasonal outdoor swimming pool & year-round spa; nearby shops and restaurants; free local calls; newly renovated hotel.

Watertown Hotel
Phone:(206) 826-4242
Reservations: (866) 944-4242
Fax: ( 206) 315-4242
4242 Roosevelt Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105

Short walk west of University campus; three miles from downtown and four blocks from the University of Washington; complimentary breakfast buffet; free parking; free local shuttle service (available by reservation); HBO, ESPN, and CNN; free parking and high speed cable internet access.

Silver Cloud Inn - University District
"Group or Corporate ID" is UWCONF
Phone: (206) 526-5200
Reservations: (800) 205-6940
Fax: (206) 522-1450
5036 25th Avenue NE
Seattle, WA 98105

179 rooms, AAA approved. Complimentary shuttle service to/from campus. Near University Village Shopping Mall. Facilities include indoor pool, spa, fitness center, guest laundry, free high speed wireless internet access, and free on-site parking. Refrigerators and microwaves in all rooms. Complimentary breakfast is included.

Hotel Deca (formerly University Tower Hotel)
Phone: (206) 634-2000
Reservations: (800) 899-0251
Fax: (206) 547-6029
4507 Brooklyn Avenue NE
Seattle, WA 98105

155 rooms, AAA approved. Fully renovated, panoramic views, short walk west of University of Washington campus, complimentary deluxe continental breakfast, 100% non-smoking, Restaurant, lounge, and Tully's coffee shop onsite, complimentary parking for overnight guests, complimentary e-mail access available in lobby, in-room coffee, hairdryer, iron/board, data-ports, voicemail, cable TV with HBO, delivered newspapers, pay-per-view movies and Web TV, 24-hour fitness facility, onsite business center.


Call for Submissions

We are looking forward to your participation in the 2022 SBSE Retreat exploring the theme of "BIO-INSPIRED DESIGN | Biophilic, Biomimetic and Bioclimatic+ Perspectives." Currently, we are planning for a hybrid retreat experience [Seattle/virtual] July 20-23, 2022.

Please see the call for proposals template here; proposals are due Sunday, midnight April 17, 2022..



The SBSE Board and Retreat Planning Committee is pleased to announce the opening of registration for the 2022 SBSE Retreat in Seattle, Washington. The theme of the 2022 Retreat is BIO-INSPIRED DESIGN: Biophilic, Biomimetic & Bioclimatic+ Perspectives and is scheduled for:

  •     In-person Registration: Seattle, WA
    •   Wed, July 20: Afternoon Arrival / Evening Welcome Event
    •   Thur, July 21: Core Program (hybrid)
    •   Fri, July 22: Core Program (on-site only)
    •   Sat, July, 23: Morning Post Event / Noon Departure
  •     Virtual Registration:
    •  Two-day hybrid  format: Virtual Speakers primarily on Thur, July 21; In-person Speakers primarily on Fri, July 22. 
    •  The 2022 SBSE Retreat is being planned with some online portions to maintain                 flexibility due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 
    •  We will be using Zoom for presentation sessions on both days as well as the Wednesday Welcome and evening 8-9:30pm discussions on Thurs. and Fri. 


  •   May 15, 2022 — Registration Opens
  •   May 26, 2022 — In-Person Speaker Registration deadline
  •   June 29, 2022 — In-Person Registration deadline
  •   July 18, 2022 — Virtual Registration deadline


  • Review of faculty scholarships will begin June 1 with a final deadline of June 15.

  • Student scholarships are due June 30.



  •   In-Person Registration Fees:
    • $250 | Non-Members
    • $200 | SBSE Members
    • $100 | SBSE Student Members
  •   Virtual Registration Fee:
    • $150 | Non-Members
    • $100 | SBSE Members
    •   $25 | SBSE Student Members

Please visit our membership portal to start your registration!




Biophilic, Biomimetic and Bioclimatic+ Perspectives

University of Washington | Seattle, Washington

20-23 July 2022

Wednesday 20 July 2022 Retreat Welcome

4:00 - 5:00pm

  • [optional; tour full] Amazon Sphere Tour [John Savo, NBBJ]

  • Government‐issued ID REQUIRED for entry

  • Arrive by 3:50pm PT 7th & Lenora St.

  • 2111 7th Ave, Seattle, WA 98121 

5:30 - 8:00pm

  • Welcome and Evening Bio-Inspired Discussion [with John Savo, NBBJ]
    at NBBJ, 223 Yale Avenue, Seattle, WA, USA 98109. Light snacks.

Dinner on your own

Thursday 21 July 2022 Retreat Sessions

8:00 - 9:00am 

  • Registration at Hans Rosling Center for Population Health (HRC 155, “Cedar”)

  • Breakfast

9:00 - 9:30am 

  • Retreat Introduction (HRC 155, “Cedar”)

9:30 - 10:30am

  • Presentations: HRC 155, “Cedar” (2 @ 30 min. each, Zoom/Hybrid)

    • Gundula Proksch + Chris Meek, CITYFOOD 2.0 

    • Pablo LaRoche, Planet Positive Design

  • Presentations: HRC 145, “Fir” (2 @ 30 min. each, Zoom/Hybrid)

    • Ulrike Passe, Assessing Near Building Climates

    • Janet McIlvaine, DOE Zero Energy Ready Home Certification Program

10:30 - 11:00am

  • Networking/Break

11:00am - 12:00pm

  • Roundtable HRC Room 155, “Cedar” (60 min., Zoom/Hybrid)

    • Alissa de Wit-Paul, Malcolm Wells: The Lessons of Gentle Architecture

  • Workshop HRC Room 145 “Fir” (60 min., Zoom/Hybrid)

    • Kyle Konis, Bioclimatic Research Agenda for Frontline Communities


  • SBSE Group Photo

12:15 - 1:30pm (HRC 155, “Cedar”)

  • Box Lunch

  • Cook Scholar Presentations

1:30 - 3:00pm

  • Workshop/Presentation, HRC Room 155, “Cedar” (90 min., Zoom/Hybrid)

    • Mary Guzowski, Emilie Snell-Rood, Dimitri Smirnoff, William Weber, Biology for Bio-Inspired Design: Translating three concepts from biology to inform architectural design

    • Equipment needed: computer and headset (internet connections and zoom breakouts for workshop)

    • Internet connection: AskNature: 

3:00 - 6:00pm

  • Tours/Open Time

6:00 - 7:30 pm

  • Dinner [no host]

  • Networking/socializing opportunity! We will make reservations at a handful of local restaurants for Retreat participants to enjoy in smaller groups. 

8:00 - 9:30 pm, Gould Hall 435, University of Washington [“Cedar” Zoom]

Friday 22 July 2022 Retreat Sessions

8:30 - 9:00am 

  • Breakfast (HRC)

9:00 - 9:30am (HRC 145, “Cedar”)

  • Recap/Retreat Questions

9:30 - 10:30am

  • Presentations: HRC Room 145, “Cedar” (2 @ 30 min. each)

    • Alicia Daniels Uhlig, Biophilic Design Introduction in Studio

    • Zachary Gould, A Mycorrhizal Model for Distributed Energy Markets

  • Presentations: HRC Room 135, “Fir” (2 @ 30 min. each)

    • Mary Bonham, Bio-Facades Studio

    • Rachel Romero, Solar Decathlon: A 20 Year Retrospective

10:30 - 11:00am

  • Networking/Break

11:00am - 12:00pm

  • Workshop: HRC Room 145, “Cedar” (60 min)

    • Georg Reichard, Keith Simon, A Plan for Improving the Delivery of Building Science Education

  • Presentations, HRC Room 135, “Fir” (2 @ 30 min. each)

    • Tomás Mendez-Echenagucia, Teresa Moroseos, Chris Meek, The Computational Research Studio: Designing for Low Emissions

    • Won Hee Ko, Window View Quality and Building Science Education

12:00 - 1:30pm

Lunch provided (HRC)


1:30 - 2:30pm

  • Workshop, HRC Room 145, “Cedar” (60 min)

    • Alex Rempel, Biological Regulation as a Paradigm for Passive Systems Control in Buildings

2:30pm - 3:30pm

  • Retreat Reverie, HRC Room 145, “Cedar” - What Have We Learned?

3:30 - 6:00pm

  • Open Time/ Tours, UW Campus: 

    • UW Indigenous Walking Tour, with stops at:

      • Founder’s Hall, tour with LMN Architects 

      • Intellectual House, tour with Jones + Jones Architects, Landscape Architects, Planners

6:00 - 7:30pm

  • Dinner [no host]

  • Networking/socializing opportunity! We will make reservations at a handful of local restaurants for Retreat participants to enjoy in smaller groups. 

8:00pm - 9:30pm, Gould Hall 435, University of Washington [“Cedar” Zoom]

  • Evening Teaching Exchange [Omiyage]

  • 2023 Retreat Proposals

  • Farewell

Saturday 23 July 2022 

  • Breakfast on your own

9:30 - 10:30am

  • Optional Tour: Watershed Building [Myer Harrell, Weber Thompson]

Rev 7/13/22


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