People

Core Team

Dr. Anuj Jain
Dr. Anuj Jain

Founding Director
Principal Ecologist and Biomimic

Anuj is passionate about creating ecologically responsible and nature-inspired designs for the built environment that are good for people, biodiversity and ecosystem services.

Anuj is a National Geographic Explorer, a recipient of the Joan Mosenthal DeWind award for Lepidoptera (Butterfly) Conservation by Xerces Society, USA and the Cities of Love Environmental Sustainability Award, Singapore.  

As the first trained Biomimicry Professional in Southeast Asia, he also founded the Biomimicry Singapore Network which is part of Biomimicry Institute’s Global Networks. Anuj combines his deep ecological and biodiversity knowledge with biomimicry to create engaging designs and experiences in tropical ecosystems.

Saloni Swaminathan
Saloni Swaminathan

Design and Research Ecologist

Saloni is a BSc. graduate from the University of Melbourne, specializing in Zoology. She is passionate about biodiversity conservation and has experience in educating and involving the wider community in conservation efforts. She has rehabilitated orphaned and juvenile grey-headed flying foxes and monitored populations of the endangered Leadbeater’s Possum in the Central Highlands of Victoria using environmental DNA analyses.

She has a soft corner for the little things that run the world – invertebrates – and has studied the effects of light at night on riparian and grassland invertebrate assemblages. As a design & research associate, her interests lie in using ecological principles to integrate biodiversity into the urban fabric.

Leanne Haan
Leanne Haan

Urban Greenery & Biomimicry Intern

Leanne joined the bioSEA team as an intern from May 2022 onwards. As part of her Master’s degree in Bio Inspired Innovation at Utrecht University Netherlands, she studies the effect of nature-based solutions in the built environment on thermal comfort and ecosystem services. The inspiring green buildings and beautiful natural parks of Singapore make it the perfect place for such research in her opinion. Driven by her passion for nature and architecture, she strives to connect these fields and enhance the future implementation of nature-based designs.

Atticus Cummings
Atticus Cummings

Architectural Design & Biomimicry Intern

Atticus is a senior at Montana State University in the US, studying for an interdisciplinary degree in Architecture, Chemical Engineering, and Sociology. He is passionate about climate change solutions that facilitate biodiversity and healthy communities. He is inspired by growing up around the wild places of the Rocky Mountains as well as witnessing the effects of climate change on the environments he loves. Atticus researches biomimetic building materials, equitable design, and sustainability communication. He has previously worked with Biomimicry Design Alliance and is involved with several student sustainability initiatives.

Ecological Design Consultants

Wei Kit Lee
Wei Kit Lee

Ecology & Hydrology Associate

Wei Kit is an Ecologist with experience in applied environmental research and engineering studies, as well as consultancy projects in both coastal and terrestrial environments. His multi-disciplinary experience encompasses ecology, geomorphology, coastal processes, hydrology, and geohydrology. He has conducted flora and fauna surveys, ecological monitoring, a topographic and geophysical survey in natural and urban ecosystems and hydrological modelling. 

Wei Kit believes in the importance of cross-disciplinary and collaborative works in solving complex environmental problems. He enjoys being in nature and the process of understanding how nature works. He is also active in local environmental volunteering during his free time.

Rick Chin Leong
Rick Chin Leong

Marine Ecology Associate

Rick is a marine ecologist with over 10 years of fieldwork experience. He has worked on mangrove species distributions across elevational gradients in Singapore and the impacts of sedimentation in Thailand, as well as on the impacts of algal growth and sedimentation on coral reefs in Singapore. In Australia, he has worked on the spatial configuration of marine habitats, specifically in remnant oyster reefs in New South Wales. Finally, in Europe, he worked on the spatial sedimentation effects in Dutch Eastern Scheldt oyster reefs.

Rick’s background in marine biology and global work experience makes him well suited to advise on the restoration and rehabilitation methods of degraded and/or urbanizing marine and coastal environments.

James Khoo
James Khoo

Filmmaker & Environmental Educator

James Khoo is an environmental educator and award-winning filmmaker. He is the managing director of Pangolin Films, a film company focused on content with a social conscience. He is a leading figure in video documentation of performing arts in Singapore and employs his documentation techniques in the recording of local insect biodiversity. His environmental work is focused on soil-based agriculture and its interactions with insects and other arthropods. He works with farmers and like-minded educators to raise awareness and understanding of insects.

Biomimicry Design Toolkit Consultants

For the Good Design Research (GDR) Initiative

Dr. Petra Gruber
Dr. Petra Gruber

Biomimicry & Architectural Expert

Petra is an architect with a passion for biology and biomimetic design. She holds a PhD in “Biomimetics in Architecture” from the Vienna University of Technology in Austria and worked internationally on three continents in inter-and trans-disciplinary design, research, and education, at the intersection of biology, architecture and art. Until recently, she was an Associate Professor at the Biomimicry Research and Innovation Center at The University of Akron, US, and founded the Biodesign Lab. Her work has been published widely in books, journals, exhibitions, and documentary films.  She leads her own company Transarch in Austria, carrying out research on biological structures for biomimetic innovation in architecture and the built environment.

Dr. Kuowei Chiu
Dr. Kuowei Chiu

Biomimicry & Architectural Expert

Dr. Kuowei Eleazar-Godfrey Chiu (aka KC) has been educated and worked in Taiwan, Singapore, Australia and the USA. He is a tenured assistant professor at the Tunghai University in Taiwan, specialising in nature-based intelligibility, urban design and biomimicry. He holds the best inventive patent paper in Singapore Architecture and Civil Engineering Conference in May 2019. Dr. KC founded the Regenerative Earth and Anthropocene Design Lab (READ) and recently won the Third Place of the Mars City Design 2020 in the category of ‘Marschitecture’.

Nathan Hays
Nathan Hays

Biomimicry & Architectural Design Associate

Nathan is a designer and researcher based in the USA. He focuses on understanding and translating principles from the structures, relationships, and algorithms in living systems for applications in the built environment. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Sustainability, a Master of Science in Biomimicry, and a Master of Architecture from Arizona State University. 

Nathan is a member of Biomimicry Professionals and the founder of nuLUCA, a design firm that provides education and consulting to help others find regenerative design solutions. 

Lisa Teo
Lisa Teo

Built Environment Industry Expert

Lisa is Projects Principal of a regional firm (AtelierTTSG/ PT AtelierTT), with robust consultancy experience in the built environment, launching businesses and cultivating international collaborations in ASEAN. Certified in GreenMark, Universal Design and Public Policy, she consults on business partnerships, policy and writing. 

Lisa holds a B. Sc. from Boston University, M. Arch from the University of California, Los Angeles and PCPPA from Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore.

Dr. Zheng Kai
Dr. Zheng Kai

Thermal Comfort & Building Scientist

Zheng Kai is an Architecture and Sustainable Design Faculty Fellow at the Singapore University of Technology and Design. He consults on biomimicry design simulations through his expertise in evaporative cooling for tropical thermal comfort.

Ruiee Dhuri
Ruiee Dhuri

Architectural & Landscape Designer

Ruiee is an architect, with an interest in coalescing the definite boundaries between the built and natural environment. To bridge the gap, she attended the National University of Singapore and received her master’s degree in Landscape Architecture, which introduced her to an understanding of the tropical landscape and biodiversity. With a background in Architecture and specialization in Landscape, she looks to create meaningful design solutions that contribute to creating spaces within biodiverse surroundings.

Christian Delacruz
Christian Delacruz

Biomimicry & Materials Scientist

In awe with bird flight, kayak sailing and the natural world, Christian studies aviation materials science, engineering, and applying biomimicry’s principles in designs. With a technical background in metallurgy, ceramic coatings and biobased materials, he’s currently working to develop space exploration ground support equipment. He aspires to create a global community that’s inclusive and generous in its functional outcomes by learning from local ecosystems.  Christian holds a Biomimicry Professional certification from Biomimicry 3.8 and a Masters in Biomimicry from the Arizona State University.

Munshi Mukhtar Toh
Munshi Mukhtar Toh

Architectural & Biomimicry Design Associate

Munshi is an architectural designer with a Bachelor of Architecture from the National University of Singapore and an Masters of Architecture from the Singapore University of Technology and Design. His interests are in computational Architecture and sustainable design, where he assists in the design and CFD simulation of biomimetic design solutions.

Bu Jing Yi
Bu Jing Yi

Biomechanics Researcher

Jing Yi has an undergraduate degree in Bachelor of Arts, Natural Sciences, specialisation in Zoology. As a biomechanics researcher, her experience is in evolution, animal behaviour, ecology, biomechanics, earth sciences, and physics. She is interested in biomimicry because it involves the fusion of multiple disciplines and the application of physical principles that work in nature to improve human technology.

Collaborators and Advisors

Jamie Whitehouse
Jamie Whitehouse

Urban Ecology Expert

Jamie is an ecologist and practitioner of Biodiversity Sensitive Urban Design principles with experience in Singapore, Australia and further abroad. He is well versed in both terrestrial and aquatic ecology, with a passion for habitat rehabilitation and afforestation from a holistic ecology perspective.

Having worked on all sides of the playing field through his career (developer, designer and consultant) gives Jamie a deep understanding of balancing ecological and development objectives. He has a particular passion for wetland and stream restoration, the re-establishment of wildlife in urban environments, and mapping local-scale habitat types and conditions.

Carsten Hüttche
Carsten Hüttche

Wetland Ecology Expert

Carsten is the director and founder of Enviro Pro Green Innovations (S) Pte Ltd, with more than 25 years of professional experience in the area of sustainable water management and bio-engineering. He has worked in South-East Asia continuously since 1993 and is based in Singapore, where he founded Enviro Pro Green Innovations (S) Pte Ltd, a member of a regional group of companies under the Enviro Pro brand.

Carsten has worked closely with Singapore government agencies such as National Parks Board and Public Utilities Board, providing specialist design advice on applied bio-engineering solutions and sustainable drainage programs. His environmental management experience includes undertaking water quality assessments, contaminant source studies, biodiversity and land-use assessments, and environmental risk/impact assessments and pollution control studies.

Dr. Lahiru S Wijedasa
Dr. Lahiru S Wijedasa

Forest Restoration Expert

Lahiru has worked at different scales of forest restoration and agriculture throughout Asia with a diverse set of stakeholders. His past engagements involve working in the government as a Senior Arborist at the Singapore Botanic Gardens, describing over a dozen new tree species and working on forests, termites, and finally wetlands with a focus on peatlands and mangroves. He has also worked as a consultant to private sector organizations, ASEAN and NGOs working on forest restoration/EIAs/HCVs and policy. In his personal life, Lahiru has worked as a hands-on smallholder farmer on his family farm in Sri Lanka exploring agroforestry techniques.

Dr. Shailendra Mishra
Dr. Shailendra Mishra

Below-Ground Ecology Expert

Shailendra is a below-ground ecologist who brings a deep understanding of the key ecological processes in forest, agricultural and urban ecosystems and how such processes are linked to climate change. Since 2009, he has been using ecological frameworks to decipher the complexity of below-ground ecosystems by combining large high-throughput datasets using multivariate statistical methods. Overall, his findings can be adopted by several stakeholders to meet their Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as well as to enhance their valuation by climate-related financial risk disclosures.

G S Selvam
G S Selvam

Landscape Design and Implementation

Selvam is the Founder of Amozonia LandscapePte Ltd that offers forest and water inspired landscaping services since 2002. Their services include conceptualization to implementation through a team of designers, gardeners, arborists, horticulturists and wetland experts. Selvam, an avid environmentalist and gardening enthusiast, has drawn great inspiration from vast rainforests ranging from the Amazon to Borneo, both in naming his company and providing forest themed landscape services to clients. Amozonia now has offices in Singapore, Malaysia, India and Thailand and has received numerous national and international awards. 

Shruti Pilare
Shruti Pilare

Architecture & Building Science

Shruti is a lecturer of diploma in Architectural Technology & Building Services at Temasek Polytechnic, Singapore. Certified as a Green Mark Advanced Accredited Professional (GM AAP) and LEED AP (BD+C), she has industry experience as a sustainability consultant. She holds a Masters in urban design and an undergraduate degree in architecture. As an educator, architect and an urban designer, she is keen to work on design solutions that influence our response to climate change within the urban built and natural environment.

Dr. Lidia Badarnah
Dr. Lidia Badarnah

Biomimicry & Architecture Expert

Lidia is an architect and a researcher in biomimetic design. Her work contributes to the body of research that seeks to redefine environmental design in architecture through mimicking natural systems, changing approaches from conventional separated building systems to adaptive and integrated solutions and methods for enhanced sustainability and resilience in architecture. She received her PhD on Biomimetic Living Envelopes from the Delft University of Technology, carried out her postdoctoral studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) on biomimetic thermal solutions, and worked at the AA London and Cardiff University, UK. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor in Architecture at the University of the West of England in Bristol, where she leads the biomimetic front in research and teaching.

Dr. Hortense Le Ferrand
Dr. Hortense Le Ferrand

Materials & Biomimicry Expert

Hortense is an Assistant Professor at the Nanyang Technological University of Singapore since 2019, as a joint faculty at the Schools of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering. Her research aims at developing new manufacturing approaches to create structural materials with multifunctional properties through the design of their microstructures, which are bioinspired. The materials employed are mostly ceramics as well as naturally grown materials. In 2020, Dr Le Ferrand was awarded the prestigious NRF fellowship to further develop bioinspired 3D printing methods at NTU.

Dr. Rupert Soar
Dr. Rupert Soar

Freeform Construction Expert

Rupert is internationally recognised for his work in nature-inspired construction and is active within bio-inspired innovation, acting on the advisory panel for Biomimicry UK. He holds a part-time post at Nottingham Trent University and is also the Director of Freeform Construction Ltd.    

Rupert’s research spans swarm construction robotics, construction scale 3D printing, and agent modelling in order to realise the construction methods used in nature for emerging human technologies. Rupert is an expert in how termites and their extraordinary mounds operate.

Alumni

Celine Tan

Architectural Design Associate

Madhvi Chulet

Architectural Design Consultant

Maitreyee Fadnavis

Architectural Design Consultant

Reavathi Kumarappan

Vernomimicry Intern

Temasek Polytechnic Student Associates

Lynus Ang, Shiyun Wei, Alysa Marie, Janee Lim and Shayna Naik

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