Biological systems are a source of creative inspiration that can inform building design and function. To this end, nature can be re-envisioned not as a force to be tamed, but as a knowledge source and goalpost for designers and engineers alike. Underpinning this shift is a demand for an environmentally mindful building that supports the psychological and physiological needs of occupants. Indoor air quality management remains an industry challenge as efforts to improve air quality, and subsequent occupant wellness, often come at the expense of energy performance. Insights from atmospheric cleaning mechanisms have spurred the development of air purifying technology to realign air quality management with the fundamental processes found in nature.