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Bio-Inspired Buildings
Interdisciplinary Academic Programs
Bishop-Favrao Hall is a 31,600 GSF laboratory facility adjacent to Cowgill Hall, which is home to the Myers-Lawson School of Construction. The building houses administrative and faculty offices for the Department of Building Construction, the Construction Engineering and Management Program, and the Program in Real Estate. In addition to providing classroom space, seminar rooms, and studios, the facility also provides state-of-the-art laboratory spaces, including testing labs, wet labs, material handling, tool labs, and workshops for assembly of construction systems.
Myers-Lawson School of Construction Bishop-Favrao Hall, Room 430 1345 Perry St. Blacksburg VA 24061
Bishop-Favrao Hall
Degree(s) Offered:
IGEP Degree in Bio-Inspired Buildings
Minimum GPA: 3.0
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Fall: Jan 15
Spring: Sep 15
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Graduate Program Director : Annie Pearce (Associate Professor)
Professors: Virginia Buechner-Maxwell; Ignacio Moore
Associate Professors: Bryan Brown; Michael Garvin; Rolf Mueller; Annie Pearce; Georg Reichard; Walid Saad
Assistant Professors: Jonathan Boreyko; Steven Hankey; Farrokh Jazizadeh Karimi; Frederick Paige; Earl Shealy

Bio-Inspired Buildings (BioBuild)

This doctoral program answers the pressing societal need for professionals with the interdisciplinary expertise necessary to redefine how we develop buildings, infrastructure and communities.  The emerging fields of bio-inspiration and bio-integration provide paths towards this objective. A bio-inspired built environment capitalizes on the regulative, adaptive, and integrative characteristics of biological systems and incorporates these features into the constructed world.  Likewise, a bio-integrated built environment situates constructed facilities amidst natural systems to achieve symbiosis.  In doing so, buildings and infrastructure will more optimally respond to changing conditions and expectations – which will make the interdependent built environment more sustainable, parsimonious, and resilient, as well as ecologically integrated. Graduates will have an immediate impact in university and industrial settings, and they will change the relationship between the built environment and our planet.  We do this by bringing together faculty from departments in CAUS, COE, COS and CVM to deliver a program that explores the built environment and biological systems synergistically to discover innovative connections between these two fields.

BioBuild Fellows can receive from 12 to 36 months of financial support from the program while working toward a degree in one of the departments listed below.

To receive full consideration for financial support in the following academic year, applications should be submitted by January 15 for fall entry or September 15 for spring entry.

Participating Colleges, Departments and Faculty:  

College of Architecture & Urban Studies (CAUS)

    Building Construction - Annie Pearce, Georg Reichard

    Urban Affairs & Planning - Steve Hankey

College of Engineering (COE)

    Biomedical Engineering & Mechanics - Jonathan Boreyko

    Civil and Environmental Engineering - Michael Garvin, Farrokh Jazizadeh, Freddy Paige, Tripp Shealy

    Electrical and Computer Engineering - Walid Saad

        Mechanical Engineering - Rolf Mueller 

College of Science (COS)

    Biological Sciences - Bryan Brown, Ignacio Moore

College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM)

     Large Animal Clinical Sciences – Virginia Buechner-Maxwell

For more information please visit our web-site at or contact Dr. Annie Pearce at or send a general request for information to

Offered In (Blacksburg)

Degree Requirements

Minimum GPA: 3.0
Institution code: 5859
Testing Requirements:
    • Paper
      • 550.0
    • iBT
      • 88.0
Students in the Bio-inspired Buildings (BioBuild) program earn a degree from one of the participating degree-granting programs.  Please see a list of current participating programs in the Program Overview and visit the program of interest in the Graduate Catalog to review the relevant requirements. 

Facilities Introduction

Our program involves multiple colleges and departments so facilities from across campus are utilized to support the program.  The program is headquartered in Bishop-Favrao Hall, which was opened in 2007 and includes state-of-the-art classrooms, meetings rooms and faculty/student offices.  It is also the home of the Myers-Lawson School of Construction and the Department of Building Construction.  Additional facilities supporting the program include Derring Hall, Goodwin Hall, Norris Hall and Patton Hall where faculty from the Department of Biological Sciences, the the Department of Mechanical Engineering, the Department of Biomedical Engineering & Mechanics and the Via Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering have laboratory and office space respectively. 


This is an interdisciplinary program and shares facilities among departments across campus.  Facilities are located in Bishop-Favrao Hall, Derring Hall, Goodwin Hall and Patton Hall.