Dr. Petra Gruber 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 in inter- and transdisciplinary design and education, at the intersection of biology, architecture and art. She was research fellow at the Center for Biomimetics at The University of Reading, UK, and held a visiting professorship at the Ethiopian Institute for Architecture, Building Construction and City Development in Addis Ababa, where she designed and implemented the first master program in architecture in the country. Her work has been published widely in books and journals. Currently she is Associate Professor for Biodesign at the Biomimicry Research and Innovation Center BRIC at The University of Akron, US, and carries out research on spatial and functional aspects of biological structures for biomimetic innovation in architecture and the built environment.
Biomimicry Research and Innovation Center
The University of Akron
235 Caroll Street
Akron, OH 44320