City Gallery

Past event

NZIA City Talks: Bridging Architecture and Biology

Monday 19 June, 6pm

Dr Negin Imani
Biomimetic building design and its role in climate change adaption

Biomimicry has been recognised as an innovative design approach for improving energy-efficient design. One of the benefits of adopting biomimicry principles in the construction industry is the potential reduction in global warming. The lecture will start by discussing the beginnings and history of bio-inspired design, as well as the systematic methods developed to explore and draw inspiration from relevant aspects of nature. Following that, the lecture will proceed to introduce several practical examples demonstrating the implementation of biomimetics, while also providing insights into future areas of exploration in the field. 

Dr Negin Imani is a Research Fellow at the University of Otago and an Academic Staff Member at the Open Polytechnic of New Zealand. She is currently leading research in the field of biomimetic energy-efficient building design with a focus on thermal regulation exploring the possibility of designing fully automated buildings that respond to their environments the way plants do. Negin is the founder of Biomimicry New Zealand, which is part of the Biomimicry Institute global network. She’s also a TEDx speaker and a published author.  

City Talks is an ongoing series initiated by Te Kāhu Whaihanga New Zealand Institute of Architects (NZIA) Wellington Branch and presented in partnership with City Gallery.  

The talk will be followed by refreshments.