CUGE-ECO-3125 Biomimicry: Designing with Nature in the Built Environment

Singapore is home to an amazing biodiversity with more than 2000 native plants, 300 species of birds and butterflies, 250 hard coral species and more in a relatively small area. Equally interesting, these species occur across a range of habitats from the tropical rainforests to freshwater swamp, mangrove, coastal and marine ecosystems – all locally adapted in ways that create conditions conducive to wildlife. What if we could learn from this biodiversity to better design our built environment? How could the built environment be better attuned with its surroundings? Biomimicry is the practice of learning and emulating nature’s genius to solve our problems. This multi-disciplinary practice provides us ways to look at nature as a teacher and a model for design.

The course will provide participants with an opportunity to understand biomimicry thinking and practice, explore biomimicry in the context of local biodiversity, learn case studies and applications in urban design.

  • Ethos and philosophy of biomimicry
  • Biomimicry design process
  • Biomimicry case studies and applications
  • Adaptations of local biodiversity and their biomimicry potential
  • Piloting a biomimicry-based design
  • Holistic approach to biomimicry design in the built environment


 No specialized knowledge is required but basic familiarity with urban design and an interest in nature and the environment is expected.


  • Lecture/Classroom Based
  • Site Visits/Field Study
  • Hands-On


  • Landscape Architects
  • Urban Planners
  • Designers
  • Ecologists


Dr. Anuj Jain is an ecologist and conservation biologist, biomimicry practioner, engineer and co-founder of the Biomimicry Singapore Network. Anuj is part of the Biomimicry Professional program that consists of professionals handpicked by the Biomimicry 3.8 team (Montana, USA) to train and mobilize an international, networked community of professional biomimics. Anuj has taught and lectured about biomimicry in Singapore and Malaysia to university students and industry practioners. Anuj has a Ph.D. in butterfly ecology and conservation from the National University of Singapore and spends part of his week on conservation issues pertaining to preventing bird extinctions and illegal bird trade in Southeast Asia. Anuj combines his ecological knowledge with biomimicry to create inspirations and learning opportunities from the natural world in tropical ecosystems.


Professional Certification CEUs/CPDs
Certified Practising Horticulturist 10
Singapore Institute of Landscape Architects (SILA) 4

*Awarded points may differ for different sessions.


Full Fee (Inclusive of GST) $235.40

Fees include provision of training, assessment materials, tools and equipment and refreshment.

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