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Phil Ross


Phil Ross is Co-Founder and CTO of MycoWorks based in San Francisco, USA.

He is also a Visiting Scholar in the Department of Bioengineering, Stanford University, USA.

MycoWorks produces sustainable products and apparel from fungi. Founded in 2013, the company produces weatherproof materials using fungi sourced from the roots of mushrooms. The products are used in footwear, batteries, and automobiles.

Phil Ross is an artist, inventor, and scholar whose internationally-awarded and exhibited research is focused on biomaterial design and life support technologies. His innovations in mycelium engineering are globally recognized as foundational to the invention of mycotecture, the practice of building with mycelium.

He studied fine arts at the San Francisco Art Institute (1991) and Stanford University (2000).

His work has been showcased by the New York Museum of Modern Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Carnegie Mellon University, Silicon Valley’s Zero1, the Moscow Biennale, and Kunsthalle in Düsseldorf, Germany.

His mycelium-based furniture won Ars Electronica’s Award of Distinction for Hybrid Art (2013). His publications include “Mycology Matrix Composites” in Proceedings – American Society for Composites (Vol.1, 2013, pp 517-535) and “Building from Waste” (Future Cities Laboratory Singapore / ETH Zurich).

Phil Ross was a workshop presenter at the 6th International LafargeHolcim Forum for Sustainable Construction in Cairo, April 4-6, 2019.

Last Updated: January 14, 2019
San Francisco, CA, USA
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