Thora H Arnardottir is an experimental bio[logical] designer with a background in architecture. She has a passion for pursuing analogy with nature through her work, not merely taking inspiration from our ecology but, speculating in regards to our changing relationship with it through engineered biological systems and new material processes. Her approach sits at the intersection of design and biological fabrication from the perspective of the cultivator of these new material processes, with some of her work exhibited at the London Design Festival 2019, MIT Media Lab, at the London Zoo, EXPO2017 and BIOTallinn2017. She is also a founder of the BioCentric Design Group 'Biobabes' that is an experimental design and research collective.
Thora holds a masters degree in Advanced Architecture from the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IaaC) in Spain, and a bachelor’s degree from the Arts University Bournemouth (AUB), UK. Currently, Thora is a Ph.D. candidate at Newcastle University in the school of architecture, planning, and landscape in the Hub for Biotechnology in the Built Environment where she is also a design-led researcher working on the Thinking Soils project, an EPSRC funded project that is exploring the design potentials of living materials which respond to physical forces in their environment.