Evelyn Tickle, FAAR



Evelyn is an Architecture Fellow of the American Academy in Rome, was selected as a Solver by MIT in 2019, a RISE Innovation Fellow in 2020, and a finalist in the Biomimicry Institute’s Ray of Hope Prize in 2021. Educated as an architect at SCI_Arc in Los Angeles, she is an expert in biomimetic design and concrete fabrication, with more than twenty years’ experience as an educator, teaching architectural design and construction studios around the United States. Internationally recognized as a leader in the fields of coastal resilience and aquatic ecosystem restoration, Evelyn, a serial entrepreneur, is the CEO and Founder of GRoW Oyster Reefs, LLC, based in Charlottesville, Virginia and Marina del Rey, California. She invented GRoW’s patented biophilic concrete formula and reef restoration products. Tested by VIMS, the Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences, these calcium carbonate rich products have been installed in the Gulf of Mexico, the Chesapeake Bay, along the north-eastern seaboard of the United States and on the south coast of the UK, protecting shorelines, attenuating wave energy, and increasing biodiversity. In January 2024, GRoW Oyster Reefs, LLC was awarded U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) research and development funding to evolve and scale the next generation of their biophilic concrete modular reef substrates, driving down costs, reducing embodied carbon, increasing production capacity.  


Evelyn is actively involved in initiatives in the Offshore Wind Industry, Internationally, participating in Dominion Energy’s DEIC accelerator in 2021-22, and presenting at the US Offshore Wind Industry’s IPF 22, International Partnering Forum, in Atlantic City in 2022, campaigning on the basis that Clean Energy must not be delivered at the expense of a Dirty Ocean. GroW is developing new products specifically addressing challenges posed by this matter of concern that demand immediate attention — reducing the need for dredging, providing scour protection for foundations, inter-array and export cabling, restoring the seabed. On-going multi-year research, funded by Schmidt Marine Technology Partners / The Schmidt Family Foundation, on ‘the marriage of oysters and seagrasses’, with the Virginia Institute for Marine Science, VIMS, the University of Florida and Dauphin Island Sea Lab in Alabama, will establish carbon metrics and nitrogen burial statistics for hybrid, vegetated marine environments using GRoW substrate materials. 

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