Amanda Sturgeon FAIA REgenerative Design

A voice for nature through
Regenerative Design

An Architect, CEO, Author, Speaker and Consultant, whatever the role my mission is the same: to connect people and nature. 

My mission is grounded in the belief that climate change and biodiversity loss are the two critical issues of our time. Only by repairing the relationship that people have with the natural world can we shift from a ‘take, make, waste’ society towards a regenerative one. 

Going beyond sustainability, a Regenerative Design approach offers a process that results in positive outcomes for both society and nature. It is based on the principles of whole systems thinking, place-based design and creating the potential for continual evolution. 

As author and leader of global regenerative frameworks, I bring innovative solutions to projects of any scale to create buildings, infrastructure and cities that contribute to the reversal of climate change and biodiversity loss. 

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Amanda is a dynamic and brilliant advocate for changing the way we design and build our shelters and cities... her passion is contagious and her ability to think across systems and see the connections between typical silos is uniquely profound.

As inaugural CEO of Built by Nature, a network and grant-making fund I will be accelerating their mission for timber building transformation in Europe and the UK.

Urgently addressing the way we renovate and construct our buildings to be truly Paris Agreement-aligned, we need to transform the building sector into one that prioritises a regenerative approach, champions decarbonisation and supports the innovation we need to stay within our planetary boundaries. Mass timber should become a mainstream construction choice, and Built by Nature – with its coalition of pioneering developers, designers, investors and city leaders – is driving this change through a pragmatic, collaborative programme to connect and fund industry front-runners

As Regenerative Design lead at global consultancy Mott MacDonald, I work with clients across the Asia Pacific region to bring climate and biodiversity positive solutions to infrastructure, buildings and cities.

During my role as CEO of the International Living Future Institute I created and brought regenerative design frameworks to buildings, communities and products, expanded the organization globally and doubled its size and scope.

As a commissioner on the World Economic Forum’s BiodiverCity Commission, I have the opportunity to bring together my expertise in bringing Living Buildings, Communities and Cities to a global forum. 

Amanda Sturgeon FAIA

A Fellow of the American Institute of Architects since 2013 I was elected a US Green Building Council Fellow the same year.

In 2015 I was named as one of the top 10 women in sustainability with the Women in Sustainability Leadership Award.


Join this 2-hour online masterclass with three global Regenerative Design leaders to learn the principles of Regenerative Design:

  • how to implement it at the built environment scale
  • the strategies needed to shift the industry towards Regenerative outcomes.

Fri 12th August, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm AEST, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm NZ time

Dr Dominique Hes

Dr Dominique Hes

Regenerative Development Practitioner and Author of “Designing for Hope: Pathways to Regenerative Sustainability”

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Amanda Sturgeon

Regenerative Design Practitioner and Author of “Creating Biophilic Buildings”

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Implicit in the choice we make about the built environment is a choice about ourselves: Are people separate from nature, or are we part of nature?

I believe we are part of nature and that we are intricately connected to all other living species.

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