Campus MaNa is a professional training center for creators,
in Burgundy on 40 hectares of nature

The Program

Learning objectives

Architect-engineer Estelle Cruz leads this training with the aim of designing building facades inspired by the natural protections of fauna and flora.

By the end of the training, participants will have assimilated:

  • Understanding biomimicry applied to buildings
  • Methodology and implementation of biomimetic design
  • Analysis of criteria for a biological envelope
  • Creation of specifications for a facade inspired by living organisms
  • Designing a bio-inspired, multi-regulating facade in resonance with various natural envelopes
  • Designing a form and volume based on a template

En partenariat avec

Content of the program

The program «Biomimicry: from biological envelopes to living facades» invites participants to rethink facades by studying the concept of envelopes in living organisms.

The concept of an envelope defines an interface between an interior and exterior environment. Envelopes can be living, such as skins, fur, feathers, scales, or non-living, like eggshells, mollusk shells, insect or bird nests.

They have the unique ability to simultaneously regulate various parameters such as light, heat, humidity, etc.

Drawing inspiration from these envelopes allows for the design of high-performance and multi-regulating building facades.

This training, designed for professionals, facilitates an understanding and experimentation with concepts, tools, and methods in biomimicry that can be employed by those in project management for the design of facades inspired by living organisms.

The goal is to learn how to implement biomimicry to design facades that regulate multiple parameters simultaneously, such as water, air, light, heat, and sound, drawing inspiration from the studied envelopes of living organisms at Campus Mana.


with Estelle Cruz  & Ceebios

Estelle has been interested in biomimicry since 2015 as a lever for transforming our relationships with living things and a method of regenerative building design. After a year of bioinspired housing world tour from Kyoto University to MIT in 2016, she joined the Ceebios team where she co-developed the Habitat division, the Bioinspired Habitat professional training and the design methods of the bio-inspired building for project management for 6 years.

Estelle followed the dual architect-engineer course at Ecole Centrale and ENSA in Lyon (2014). She obtained the degree of Doctor in ecology and environment at the Musém d'Histoire Naturelle de Paris after an interdisciplinary CIFRE thesis in biomimicry on facades inspired by the skins, hairs and feathers of living things in 2021. Since 2023, she has shared her professional activity between research in biomimicry and the production of a cartoon report on biodiversity hotspots in South-East Asia.


  • Workshops equipped with professional machines, classrooms, multipurpose room
  • Technical acquisition including an introduction to the operation of the tools, an introduction to their maintenance and their safe use
  • Supply of materials
  • Practical implementation of biomimicry methodologies and tools
  • Conferences and debates of ideas
  • Educational distribution: 60% practical, 40% theoretical contributions
  • Distribution on site: 30% outdoors (fauna-flora observations), 70% in the workshop
  • Active participation and experimentation of participants are favored

Evaluation follow-up and modalities

  • Individual and group interviews
  • Bio-inspired facade to create
  • Self-assessment at the end of training in the form of a collective feedback
  • Payroll sheet per half day
  • Certificate of completion issued by Campus MaNa

Duration and method of organization:

Target audience:
Creative professional
April 15 > 26, 2024
10 days
9h-13h / 14h-18h
at Campus MaNa
Group size:
Language(s) :
€3120 excluding tax
This rate includes the cost of the training, accommodation with full board, materials, and personal protective equipment.

Planning :

Soon available

Location :

Campus MaNa Domaine du Croisil, Le Croisil, 89350 Champignelles France

Accessibility :

For any disability situation, please contact us to consider the feasibility

Access period :

Up to 14 days before the start of the training and depending on the remaining places
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