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 on three continents in inter- and transdisciplinary design, research, and education, at the intersection of biology, architecture and art.
She is Adjunct Associate Professor for Biodesign at the Biomimicry Research and Innovation Center BRIC at The University of Akron, US, where she founded the Biodesign Lab. Her work has been published widely in books, journals, exhibitions, and documentary films and she holds lectures and workshops worldwide.
Currently she is a senior researcher at Hochschule Rhein-Waal in Germany and the University of Applied Arts, Vienna, and leads her own company transarch in Austria, carrying out research on spatial and functional aspects of biological structures for biomimetic innovation in architecture and the built environment.