Academic Partner

University of Akron, Department of Biology

Contact: Petra Gruber

Dr. Petra Gruber, Associate Professor at the University of Akron is an expert in the field of biomimetics in architecture. The Biomimicry Research and Innovation Center BRIC based at UAkron consists of more than 30 faculty members active in inter-and transdisciplinary research in the fields of biology, engineering, polymer science, art etc. The PhD program in Integrated Biosciences includes currently 17 graduate students, with architecture being a new field of exploration. Dr. Gruber will link her research interest on criteria of life in architectural design, with BRIC and LAS to pursue projects and collaborations in this field.