About Us

The formal inception of bioMASON began as response to an overwhelming positive reaction after winning an international design award: Next Generation “The Big Fix” by Metropolis magazine. Submission for the award was a proposal for a brick that was “grown” in contrast to being “fired”. The idea to grow bricks emerged from a study of coral structure: a very hard cementitious material created by nature in ambient sea temperatures with low energy and material inputs. The process has since been refined and continually optimized for increased performance and reduced production costs.

An estimated 1.23 trillion bricks are manufactured every year, resulting in approximately 800 million tons of carbon emissions, due to the fossil fuels required in the firing process. We formed bioMASON because we believe there is a better solution for reducing Co2 emissions generated by global masonry manufacturing. bioMASON employs bacteria to “grow” a durable cement in ambient temperatures between loose grains of aggregate; producing building materials without emitting greenhouse gases, and without the depletion of non-renewable resources.

bioMASON is an amazing unique organization of individuals from multiple disciplines – something we value as part of collaborative culture. It takes a diverse team to plow through challenges and opportunities. This is exhibited through an open office, open labs and manufacturing. bioMASON was founded upon iterative approaches and out of the box thinking.







Acorn Innovestment
Stichting Doen Foundation
North Carolina Biotechnology Center
Postcode Lottery Green Challenge
Biomanufacturing Training and Education Center
National Science Foundation
Cradle to Cradle
NC State University