Terrapin Bright Green

Terrapin collaborates with organizations to challenge assumptions and develop solutions that lead to improved environmental and financial performance through research, planning, guidelines, and product development.


We challenge our clients to think creatively about environmental strategy, development, and operations. Our intellectual rigor and depth of knowledge leads to transformative solutions for our clients and advances for the built environment.

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Using whole systems thinking, we engage collaborators from our extensive network, partnering with ecologists, engineers, energy experts and others with deep knowledge on relevant issues to develop strategies for our clients that solve their challenges while supporting a sustainable future.

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We develop innovative solutions to today’s built environment challenges by collaborating with researchers in diverse fields from neuroscience and physiology to nano-engineering and data science. This pioneering work is shared to help create a restorative future.

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Biophilia, Biomimicry & Trends in University Curricula

Recently, I had the pleasure of being a guest speaker for graduate students of Architecture at Judson University in Elgin, Illinois. The lecture is part of a semester-long course on “Biophilia, Biomimicry and Bioculture”, facilitated by architect and professor Robin Randall of Legat Architects. In preparation for the lecture and discussion, students had read “14 […]

Bill to Speak at the Fraunhofer IAO’s “Future Forum 2015: Working Smarter – People, Rooms, and Technologies”

Terrapin’s Bill Browning will be presenting at the Fraunhofer IAO’s “Zukunftsforum 2015” or “Future Forum 2015” on the 29th of January, 2015. Bill will be speaking about biophilic design in relation to this year’s theme, “Working Smarter – People, Rooms, and Technologies.” Biophilic design has proven health benefits such as improved concentration, reduced stress and enhanced […]

Catie Ryan Speaks on Biophilia at IIDA-NY

Join Terrapin’s Catie Ryan at the October IIDA-NY event “Motivating Passion For Sustainable Design”. She will be teaming up with Architectural Record’s Joann Gonchar to discuss “Beauty, Biophilia and The Living Building Challenge” in a session moderated by YR&G’s Lauren Yarmuth. Tuesday, October 14, 2014 – 6:00-8:00pm FLOR SoHo – 142 Wooster Street, NYC Please join […]

Terrapin Releases 14 Patterns of Biophilic Design

Recall your favorite place – a scene where you felt rejuvenated, invigorated and centered.  Most likely, you’re picturing a place in nature.  This positive, visceral response to nature is central to the concept of biophilia, or humanity’s need to connect with nature. Now imagine  if the spaces you occupy regularly – your office, your community […]