Catie Ryan

Catie is the Director of Projects at Terrapin and a leader in biophilic design movement. With a background in urban green infrastructure, Catie's interest lies in systems thinking to address human health and sustainability challenges at each scale of the built environment.

DGS New Natural Resources Building

 |  The 21-story office building on P Street in Sacramento was a design-build project for the California Department of General Services (DGS). The building was designed to host about 3,450 employees from eight state agencies. With Glumac Engineering, Terrapin co-facilitated an Integrative Design Opportunities Charrette to build upon design and performance goals established both by the […] — Read More

PDX Airport Terminal Core Redevelopment

 |  The Portland International Airport (PDX) is a joint civil–military airport and the largest airport in the state of Oregon, accounting for 90% of the state’s passenger air travel and more than 95% of its air cargo. The site is bordered by the Columbia River in the north and the Columbia Slough in the south with […] — Read More

ANNOUNCING: 2021 Biophilic Design Workshop Series

 |  Designing with nature could be described as an industry response to health and wellbeing trends. But there is a history and science to this practice known as ‘biophilic design’. Biophilia is the innate connection between humans and nature. Biophilic design is the expression of those experiences of nature for a healthier built environment. Since our […] — Read More

Terrapin’s 2020 Biophilia Readings & Resources

 |  A lot has happened over this past year, both around the world and within the arena of biophilic design. Since publishing our latest book, Nature Inside, and our current effort to craft a second edition of The Economics of Biophilia, we’ve revisited our reading list to reflect on the most recent thinking. Many of these […] — Read More

Terrapin Welcomes Rita Trombin for Winter Residency

 |  This February, Terrapin welcomes Rita Trombin for a short-term residency, in collaboration with ILFI, to help continue Terrapin’s efforts to provide the design community with practical tools for biophilic design application. The focus of Rita’s residency will be on developing foundational materials for designing with fractals. This idea was born out of the Greenbuild 2019 […] — Read More

Factory as a Forest

 |  Inspired by Interface’s pioneering CEO Ray Anderson, who asked whether his factories could ever perform like a forest, “Factory as a Forest” is an ambitious project aimed at redesigning a manufacturing facility to function similarly to the local forest ecosystem. Terrapin, together with Biomimicry 3.8, co-developed a rigorous framework with specific performance targets and strategies […] — Read More

14 Patterns Goes Multilingual

 |  With the collaboration of ARP-Astrance and Gondwana, the 14 Patterns of Biophilic Design is now also 14 Modèles de Conception Biophilique! — Read More

Biophilic Design Precedents: Three Perspectives on Evidence & Ideation

 |  In an effort to expedite the broad adoption of biophilic design, I’ve been exploring ways to build evidence and communicate success of industry-relevant biophilic design precedents. These are early thoughts on how we might go about filling knowledge gaps, proving the intuitively obvious, and establishing emotional connections to the built environment. — Read More