The Importance of Biophilia in Work Environments

Date: Wednesday, January 30, 2019 | Time: 11:30 am – 1:00 pm | The Catalyst Loft: 701 Pike St, Suite 2125 Seattle, WA 98101

Catalyst Workplace Activation Presents: Future of Work


By the time we reach January’s Thought Leadership Lunch, the viaduct closure will almost be at an end, and we can begin to imagine Seattle’s future access to an incredible outdoor space on the waterfront free from highway traffic. How will increased access to the natural environment affect us as individuals and as companies/organizations? How do biophilic elements affect our health and well-being in the office environment? What can we measure that demonstrates these benefits?

Please join us on January 30th as Tim McGee, Biophilic Design manager from the International Living Futures Institute joins us to help answer these questions. It is our hope in this talk to gain knowledge from our community that will help influence the way the field of Biophilic Design takes shape.


Tim McGee, Speaker

Founder, LikoLab

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Tim is the founder of LikoLab a small creative agency that brings nature’s insights to transform business strategy. He also co-founded Biomimicry New England, a non-profit dedicated to establishing nature and natural systems as an important resource for education and innovation. Tim was also the Biophilic Design Manager at the International Living Future Institute (ILFI), where he explored the interface between biology and design to optimize the possibility for a thriving, regenerative, future. Tim is also an alumnus of IDEO and Biomimicry 3.8, where he spent the past decade building the capacity of organizations to look to nature for innovation. He is a frequent national and international speaker on looking to nature for insights, inspiration, and creating impactful change. Tim enjoys writing, and his work and insights have been featured in Fast Company, Smithsonian, Zygote Quarterly, and Treehugger.

Myer Harrell, Speaker

Principal and Director of Sustainability, Weber Thompson

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Weber Thompson is a mid-size multidisciplinary architecture and design firm in Seattle. His current project focus is boutique commercial office construction, including two buildings participating in the Seattle Living Building Pilot Program.

Myer was named the 2011 AIA Seattle Young Architect and currently serves on the AIA Seattle board of directors. Myer previously served on the Board of Directors for the Cascadia Green Building Coalition. He has co-instructed undergraduate and graduate architecture studios at the University of Washington. He received a Bachelor of Science in Architecture with Philosophy citation at the University of Maryland in 2002, a Master in Architecture at the University of Washington in 2005, and a UW Commercial Real Estate Certificate in 2016.

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