BiographyIlaria Mazzoleni is an architect and the founder of IM Studio Milano/Los Angeles. Her conceptual work has been published globally, and her built work can be found in Italy, California, and Ghana. Ilaria has gained attention in the fields of sustainable architecture and biomimicry. This has led to her being invited to participate in multiple international conferences and workshops and her written contributions are published in several international architectural magazines. Since 2005 she has been a full-time faculty member at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) in Los Angeles. Her professional and academic investigation relates to sustainable architecture on all scales of design with a research focus on biomimicry, where innovation in architecture and design is inspired by the processes and functions of nature.
Collaborating with biologists and other scientists from top research institutions, her projects explore the connections between biotic and abiotic elements within eco-systems in order to develop sustainable urban planning strategies and address solutions to global climate change. An ongoing research program has centered on understanding how organisms have evolved and adapted to their environment, and applying that knowledge to design building façades. The conceptual implications arising from biomimetics and design have led to a body of work that investigates innovative material processes, forms, geometries and structural patterns.
Ilaria regularly presents her academic and professional work at international design and sustainability conferences. Ilaria writes extensively about the interrelationships between the built environment and nature. Released in March 2013 by CRC is the book entitled, Architecture Follows Nature – Biomimetic Principles for Innovative Design.
Architecture and Biomimetic design at all scale of intervention
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Achitecture, Planning, Sustainable Design, Building Systems, Ecology, Biology, Biomimetic and bio-inspired design