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Regenerative Design Expert, Author and Keynote Speaker

As the CEO of The Biomimicry Institute I enable innovators, educators and change-makers to realize a world that advances the adoption of nature-inspired solutions to solve the most pressing problems of our time; climate change, biodiversity loss and inequality.

In my capacity as an advisor and consultant I assist organisations to realign their projects, processes and people to work within planetary boundaries.

While I was the inaugural CEO of Built by Nature, a Europe based network and grant-making fund with a mission to accelerate the timber and Bio-based building materials transformation, I connected key actors across the built environment and forest economies to remove barriers and amplify stories of ground-breaking timber projects and solutions. In close collaboration with its major partners and front-runners, Built by Nature is changing perceptions around bio-based construction and reshaping the built environment system to address its embodied carbon impact.

From 2020-2022, I was Head of Regenerative Design, and the Climate Change Practice Lead at global consultancy firm Mott MacDonald, based in the beautiful harbour city of Sydney. I led projects across the Asia Pacific that formed regenerative solutions for infrastructure, precincts and buildings.

As CEO of the International Living Future Institute, I spent a decade creating regenerative frameworks such as the Living Building and Community Challenge programs. I scaled the organization internationally and created a global movement around Biophilic Design.

As a keynote speaker on the global stage at events such as SXSW Austin, Greenbuild, Klimahouse Europe, Net Zero and Building Energy, I connect people to the potential to regenerate our world.

My TedTalk: Bringing Biophilic Design to Life can be viewed here

I'm the author of Creating Biophilic Buildings. My essay Buildings Designed for Life appears in the anthology All We Can Save: Truth, Courage and Solutions to Climate Change. 

An award winning architect focused on education projects that connect people and nature, I have created some of the world's most sustainable and regenerative projects.

I was elected as a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects in 2013 and named as a US Green Building Council LEED Fellow in 2014. In 2015 I was named as one of the top ten women in sustainability through a Women in Sustainability Leadership Award.

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My mission is design that gives back to people and planet and doesn’t just make things a 'little less bad', but looks at a vision of restoring and recovering.”

Creating biophilic design by Amanda Sturgeon
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