Biologically Motivated is an interdisciplinary graduate group at the University of Minnesota that emerged from conversations among faculty from the College of Biological Sciences, the School of Architecture in the College of Design, and the Department of Art within the College of Liberal Arts. In bringing together these diverse fields, this group hopes to provide an opportunity for students of biology, design, and art to engage with potential peer collaborators from divergent disciplinary backgrounds. We share an interest in posing new questions and solutions by looking to the diverse ways in which organisms adapt and survive.
Our inaugural symposium, Biologically Motivated, convened students, faculty, and guest speakers for a series of talks and discussions that centered on three interdisciplinary researchers whose work is informed by biology, architecture, engineering, and art. Jeff Karp, an associate professor of medicine at Harvard University Medical School’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital, in Boston; Amy Youngs an associate professor of art at The Ohio State University, in Columbus, Ohio; and David Benjamin, an assistant professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation and the founding principal of The Living, in New York each illuminated multiple ways that interdisciplinarity operates in their work.
“Biologically Motivated” Symposium co-hosted with Neil Olszewski, Emilie Snell-Rood, Marc Swackhamer, and Diane Willow, University of Minnesota, April 29, 2016, supported by a $10,200 Interdisciplinary Graduate Group grant from The UMN Graduate School. Design by Luke Bulman Design.