Thomas Knittel, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, is a senior principal – design in global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm HOK’s Los Angeles studio. He is the firm’s leading expert in biomimicry – drawing inspiration from natural systems to solve human problems – and holds a Biomimicry Specialty Certificate from Biomimicry 3.8. The organization also honored him with the 2013 Excellence in Biomimicry Award.
Knittel was the lead designer for Project Haiti, a pro bono partnership between the U.S. Green Building Council and HOK to design a LEED Platinum orphanage and children’s center in Port-au-Prince. He was coauthor for the Genius of Biome report, a biomimicry resource created by HOK and Biomimicry 3.8.
Knittel holds a Bachelor’s of Architecture from Kansas State University and a Master of Design Studies from Harvard Graduate School of Design.