Veracruz Biomimicry and Design Expedition 2018
July 12 – July 21, 2018
This event is designed for teachers, faculty, students, and professionals seeking an intensive, interdisciplinary, and experiential introduction to biomimicry in a vibrant natural setting.
The expeditionary workshop will open your eyes, your brain, and your heart to new ways of engaging in the world around you. Along with international colleagues from a variety of disciplines, you’ll explore ten different ecosystems (alpine, grassland, conifer forest, desert, volcanic lake, cloud forest, tropical evergreen forest, tropical oak forest, rainforest, mangroves) in Mexico’s beautiful Veracruz State as you learn to see nature differently and work your way through the biomimicry methodology to solve a design challenge. During this workshop, you’ll also be invited to hike, swim, raft, take a night walk through the rainforest, explore with all your senses, and learn in an open-air classroom.
The learning begins in downtown Mexico City with a lecture and introductory session in the classroom on July 13, in partnership with Universidad del Medio Ambiente (UMA). The next day we’ll leave for Veracruz and begin a 7-day learning adventure in which we’ll explore each of those diverse ecosystems while deepening your ability to listen to, learn from, and echo nature. En route to Veracruz, we’ll spend one night in a local village before arriving at the beautiful Talloguaya Camp located in the Filobobos Natural Rainforest Protected Area along the shore of the Bobos River.
Hear from Veracruz workshop alumna (and ASU InnovationSpace manager) Heidi Fischer on what makes this trip particularly magical:
Memories of Veracruz
CEU and Academic Credits:
Up to 6 CEUs will be available for educators who complete all sections of the course. CEUs will be offered through San José State University. The cost is $60 per CEU.
Up to 6 graduate semester credits are also available through Buffalo State University. The cost is $130 per credit. If you would like to take advantage of this opportunity, please contact the Biomimicry Institute at the time you register for the workshop.
Cost and Travel Details:
The cost of the workshop is $1950 and includes all meals and accommodations for the 7-day journey and stay in Veracruz. Tuition does not include travel costs to and from Mexico City or food and lodging costs while in the city.
Yes! I would like to join the 2018 Veracruz Biomimicry Expedition.
Meet the Instructors:
Megan Schuknecht, director of design challenges at the Biomimicry Institute, has spent the past 10 years bringing the fascinating and hopeful world of biomimicry to educators, students, and professionals all over the world.
She spent her youth exploring the forests, creeks, and hedgerows of Wisconsin, and her extreme curiosity, passion for the natural world, and love of education eventually led her to work for the Biomimicry Institute. Megan currently leads the Institute’s Biomimicry Global Design Challenge and Biomimicry Accelerator programs, develops biomimicry educational tools and courses, and teaches in the field whenever possible. Megan graduated from Grinnell College with a BA in biology and earned an MS in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana-Missoula. She served as a beekeeping extensionist in Paraguay with the U.S. Peace Corps and honed her Spanish language skills backpacking solo through South America.
Raul de Villafranca
Raul de Villafranca is a Mexican ecological architect with 34 years of professional practice on an ample scale and variety of projects, including housing, master plans, and a strategic connectivity plan for the Mexico-USA border.
With a specialization in bamboo architecture, biomimicry, and regenerative design, Mr. de Villafranca is the Founder of Ecología y Habitat; NGO creator of Filobobos Natural Protected Area, and an active participant in social equity and conservation projects. In his work he integrates deep ecology, ecological literacy, holistic systems thinking, integrated design process, biomimicry and regenerative design and development.
In addition to an undergraduate degree in architecture, he has acquired a Green MBA and is a professor at Universidad Iberoamericana Mexico City since 1979. Mr. de Villafranca often speaks at national and international forums, mainly in Latin American universities in Mexico, Colombia and Ecuador.
Mr. de Villafranca is seen as a key player in the Biomimicry movement in Mexico and Latin America. He has been a member of the sustainability group and the ecological movement inside the architecture program at Universidad Iberoamericana since 2003 and a fellow at the Biomimicry Institute and biomimicry professor since 2006. Additionally, he forms a part of the Regenesis Mexico core group, practicing this discipline in professional and academic arenas.
Delfín is a biologist and on the Faculty of Sciences at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and holds a Master of Projects for Urban Development degree from Universidad Iberoamericana (UIA).
He is also an instructor in the architecture department at UIA and serves as coordinator of the Sustainability Program Masteries Center for Research and Learning Environment (CIAMA) at the University of Environment (UMA). As part of the consulting platform Bio-Logic-Urbana, he assists in developing architectural and urban projects that seek to link cities with their original ecosystems and regenerate the system overall. He has been an instructor for the Veracruz Biomimicry & Design Workshop for the past five years.