Amy Coffman Phillips, AIA

Amy Coffman Phillips
Biomimicry Professional 2013
Architect, MBA
Sustainability & Design Strategist
Amy is fascinated by ideas that reconnect humans with the natural environment and is skilled at bringing people together toward a common goal.  Trained as an architect and with a MBA concentration in business management, Amy takes her love of nature and the creative process and weaves them into a career that creates exciting, nature-based projects.  She frequently holds lectures and facilitates seminars for clients looking to integrate natural forms and processes into the built environment.  She also puts these ideas to the test through her own small architecture practice.  She is co-developing a Natural Resilience Program for businesses looking to integrate biological resilience strategies into their strategic planning, and is facilitating the development of locally attuned environmental performance standards for the Chicago area based on lessons learned from the prairie.  Amy is the founder of Liquid Triangle Sustainability, a design practice and consultancy, and co-founder of Biomimicry Chicago, the local resource for biomimicry practitioners in the Chicago region.

Amy's resume is available for download.  We look forward to working with you!
phone: 312-523-5955

Professional Licensure and Certifications

Biomimicry Professional Certificate Program, Candidate for two-year masters level program, 2011 - 2013

Professional Experience

Terrapin Bright Green

New York, NY
Senior Technical Sustainability Consultant, 2007 - 2009

Cook + Fox Architects

New York, NY
Associate, 2007 - 2009
Architect, 2004 - 2006

Chicago, IL
Senior Associate, 2002 - 2003
Associate, 2001 - 2002
Junior Architect, 2000

Speaking Engagements
Workshop facilitation.  Biomimicry: Naturally Inspired Design.  Chicago Center for Green Technology.  Chicago, Illinois.  April 2012.

Biomimicry Panelist.  Foresight Green Drinks.  Chicago, Illinois.  November 2011.

"Biomimicry: Naturally Inspired Design." American Institute of Architects Northeast Illinois Chapter 
Committee on the Environment.  Darien, Illinois.  November 2011.

"Biomimicry: Naturally Inspired Design". Pecha Kucha at Ryerson Woods.  October 2011.

"How will we design sustainably: An introduction to Biomimicry". Greendrinks - Naperville.  August 2011.

“Greening your Business,” Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, Brooklyn, New York. 2008

Professional Service
Biomimicry Chicago, Network Leader, 2011 - Present
An emerging regional network of biomimics - learning from nature, cross-pollinating innovative ideas, inspiring locally attuned design, and accelerating the path to a more sustainable Chicago

Green Drinks Naperville, Co-Organizer, 2010 - Present
Speaking engagement, "How will we design sustainably: An introduction to Biomimicry". August 2011.

USGBC - Illinois Chapter, 2000-2003, 2010 – present
Greenbuild Chicago Host Committee: Tours Committee Member, 2010
Natural Leader Awards Juror, 2009 + 2010 + 2011
First Elected Chair of the Board, 2003
Programs Committee Chair 2002-2003

USGBC - New York Chapter (Urban Green Council), 2004 – 2009
GPRO Green Construction Skills Task Force Committee Member, 2008
Green LEEDers Award Recipient, 2007

American Institute of Architects, 2001 - 2010 [Membership currently on hiatus)
Committee on the Environment, Chicago Chapter Co-Chair 2003