William McDonough is an advisor, designer, thought leader, and author. His vision for a future of abundance for all is helping companies and communities think differently. Together they are changing the world.
William McDonough is a globally recognized leader in sustainable development. Trained as an architect, McDonough’s interests and influence range widely, and he works at scales from the global to the molecular.
Time magazine recognized him as a “Hero for the Planet,” noting:
“His utopianism is grounded in a unified philosophy that—in demonstrable and practical ways—is changing the design of the world.”
In 1996, McDonough received the Presidential Award for Sustainable Development, and in 2003 he earned the first U.S. EPA Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award for his work with Shaw Industries. In 2004, he received the National Design Award for exemplary achievement in the field of environmental design. McDonough is the architect of many of the recognized flagships of sustainable design, including the Ford Rouge truck plant in Dearborn, Michigan; the Adam Joseph Lewis Center for Environmental Studies at Oberlin College; and NASA’s “space station on Earth,” Sustainability Base, one of the most innovative facilities in the federal portfolio.
McDonough has written and lectured extensively on design as the first signal of human intention. He was commissioned in 1991 to write The Hannover Principles: Design for Sustainability as guidelines for the City of Hannover’s EXPO 2000, still recognized two decades after publication as a touchstone of sustainable design. In 2002, McDonough and the German chemist Michael Braungart co-authored Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things (North Point Press), which is widely acknowledged as a seminal text of the sustainability movement. Their new book, The Upcycle: Beyond Sustainability–Designing for Abundance (North Point Press, 2013) came out this spring.
McDonough advises commercial and governmental leaders worldwide through McDonough Innovation. He is also active with William McDonough + Partners, his architecture practice with offices in Charlottesville, Virginia, and San Francisco, California, as well as McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry, the Cradle to Cradle consulting firm co-founded with Braungart. He has co-founded, with Braungart, not-for-profit organizations to allow public accessibility to Cradle to Cradle thinking. These include GreenBlue (2000), to convene industry groups around Cradle to Cradle issues, and the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute (2009), founded at the invitation of California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to create a global standard for the development of safe and healthy products. McDonough also co-founded Make It Right (2006) with Brad Pitt to bring affordable Cradle to Cradle-inspired homes to the New Orleans Lower 9th Ward after Hurricane Katrina.
As the founding member of the San Francisco studio, David is an accomplished designer who has demonstrated exceptional leadership during his three-decade career. He has directed teams from concept design through client occupancy on an array of technically challenging and programmatically intricate projects in the U.S. and abroad. David’s portfolio includes planning, interiors, sustainability consulting and architectural design for a range of large-scale international urban planning projects and commercial and institutional buildings. David speaks frequently about Cradle to Cradle and architecture; some recent engagements include speaking at the USGBC’s Greenbuild in Toronto (November 2011); AASHE Conference in Pittsburgh (November 2011); The World Green Building Council’s International Congress in Singapore (September 2010); and the AIA National Conference in Denver (upcoming in June 2013). David served as the International Expert Advisor for Cradle to Cradle in the Built Environment, a manual for implementing Cradle to Cradle for the Danish construction industry.
Key Projects: UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay, Recology, Treasure Island, PG&E Sustainable Cities
José's design leadership spans over 15 years of professional experience in the realization of diverse architectural typologies at multiple scales that include award-winning commercial, mixed-use, multi-family and single family custom residential, academic, hospitality, aviation, and urban design projects throughout the U.S. and EU. His ability to lead teams towards materializing primary concepts into unique solutions that embody project goals while integrating site, form, and systems has led to many successful collaborations. In addition to leading the design of multiple architectural projects at WM+P, José has also directed the design of products and objects with McDonough Innovation. As a Lecturer in Architecture at the University Of Virginia School Of Architecture, José has taught core design studios and lectured, researched, and written on issues of prefabrication, responsive envelopes, and the relationship between sustainability and form.
Key Projects: Footprints Eco-Hospederia, AltaSea, Catalina Island Strategic Masterplan, multiple architectural projects at Park 20l20, Make It Right 'Flow House,' Richard H. Poff Federal Building, Greenbridge, Isola Uffici
John is an award-winning designer who relishes working on large, complex programs and master planning projects to achieve a swift and effective design resolution. His unique combination of talents has played a crucial role in shaping the firm's transformation of land-planning and development processes. John has been with the firm since 1994 and has contributed to the design of several of the firm’s groundbreaking designs. He is currently leading the design for the Hero Motorcorp Garden Factory and Global Parts Center in India.
Key Projects: Ferrer Research and Development Center, Park 20|20, Ecourban 22, Nike European Headquarters, 901 Cherry Offices, IBM Corporate Offices Riekerpolder, Eco-Effective Distribution Center, Office Tower of the Future
Alastair has practiced architecture in San Francisco, Washington, D.C., New York City, and Los Angeles for over 25 years. He has extensive project management experience in retail and residential design, as well as commercial base building and interior architecture. Since joining William McDonough + Partners in 2004, Alastair has led several key projects in the Bay Area and in The Netherlands. Alastair is a licensed general contractor and co-owned a design build firm prior to joining WM+P. This knowledge of construction practices and pricing adds a valuable practical perspective to his strong design leadership.
Key Projects: Park 20|20, NASA Sustainability Base, VMware Corporate Campus
Roger has more than 20 years of experience working with a variety of corporate, institutional, and academic clients. Since joining William McDonough + Partners in 1994, Roger has completed projects for Herman Miller, Frito-Lay, and most of the firm’s engagements with Ford Motor Company at the historic Ford Rouge Center industrial complex. A strong project manager with a deep understanding of Cradle to Cradle, Roger uses his extensive technical knowledge and command of the latest research to lead project teams toward innovative and practical design solutions.
Key Projects: Ferrer Grupo, Eco-Effective Airport Study, National Museum of Science & Industry National Collections Centre, Ford Rouge Center Revitalization, Herman Miller, Frito-Lay
Matthew Winkelstein is a senior architectural designer and design team leader with 25 years of experience on a wide array of projects in the U.S., Asia and Europe. Matt has considerable skill in orchestrating large-scale projects within complex design teams and client groups. His design experience covers multiple scales and typologies, including high-rise office and corporate campus, aviation, urban mixed-use, multi-family residential, institutional, and health care. Matt is a licensed architect in California, a LEED accredited professional, and has taught architectural design at Stanford University. Matt brings to teams sophistication in building construction technologies, experience in advanced digital and generative design processes, and a passion for design innovation and quality in the context of sustainability.
Key projects: Integrated Resource Recovery Facility for San Francisco; 2001 Market Street, San Francisco; Ferrer Research & Development Building, Barcelona; UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay, San Francisco; Office Tower of the Future for Fortune Magazine
Amy enjoys working on diverse, complex projects and strives to highlight the unique elements inherent in each. She is interested in leveraging a project’s local physical and cultural environment to create site specific design strategies. Professional projects and academic research have taken her to a wide range of places, including New Orleans, Austria, Vietnam, and India. Amy’s previous projects include hotels, contemporary residences, retail, and lighting design, with her project involvement spanning from conceptual design, to intricate custom details, to international project management. She is a Registered Architect and a LEED Accredited Professional. Amy earned her Master of Architecture degree from the University of California, Berkeley. As a graduate student, she taught courses in architectural design and professional practice and was awarded the Chester Miller Fellowship for thesis research, as well as the Gerard L. Laub Fellowship.
Tim Gordon has experience on a range of project types and scales, including institutional, planning, corporate and industrial. He has been an integral team member on projects including the architecture, sustainable design elements at Google’s main campus in Mountain View, California; Isola office building in Milan, Italy and the UCSF Medical Center at Mission. Tim’s current projects include a private residence in Northern California and Recology Corporate Headquarters Master Plan in San Francisco, California.
Alex’s experience brackets both ends of the building design industry and includes a wide range of project scales and types. He joined the firm in 2007 with a background in design/build construction; and has since worked on affordable housing designs for the Make it Right Foundation in New Orleans, the award-winning NASA Sustainability Base in California, and multiple projects at the Cradle to Cradle Inspired Park 20|20 in The Netherlands. Alex is a recurring guest critic at the University of Virginia School of Architecture and at Virginia Tech School of Architecture + Design.
Key Projects: NASA Sustainability Base, Make It Right 'Flow House,' and B/S/H Inspiration House and FOX Vakanties at Park 20|20
Jooseung brings experience in a diverse range of design including industrial design, fabrication, parametric design and infrastructure design. He has previously worked in Korea, India and the United States on several automotive manufacturing projects for clients such as KIA and Hyundai. Jooseung has also been involved in several national and international competition projects including mixed-use complexes, office towers and public schools. Jooseung won the AIAS/AARP National Livable Community Design Competition in 2011.
Eric is a designer with previous experience in multi-family, mixed use, retail and civic projects. Eric’s multi-family projects were predominately focused on prefabricated modular construction. He received his MArch from Columbia University and his undergraduate professional degree in architecture from Cal-Poly San Luis Obispo, where he was in a leadership role for Cal Poly’s Solar Decathlon team. In addition, Eric’s thesis project, which explored vertical urban farming, won 3rd place in the Evolo International Skyscraper Competition and has been published in multiple books and design publications that include AD Architectural Design, Archiworld and Quo magazine.
With professional degrees in both architecture and landscape architecture, Sherry has broad design interests and experience that span large scale urban design, architecture, landscape, products, and graphic design. She previously worked for three years as a designer at Urban Architectural Lab in Nanjing and was part of the design team for the Jinci Exhibit Hall as well as the South Gate Ruins Museum of Yangzhou City Wall, which was recently completed. She also worked with SWA Landscape Architects in Los Angeles executing three competition projects in China which all won 1st place.
With a background in sustainable interior architecture, Katie has provided marketing and business development services in the design build industry for more than 10 years. She has prepared and presented programs about green building and developed curriculum for a LEED for Commercial Interiors college course. In addition to managing marketing and business development efforts for the firm, Katie provides graphics support on select projects, and assists Mr. McDonough in the preparation of presentations for audiences across the globe.
Writer Kira Gould, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP, is director of communications for William McDonough + Partners, and works from the firm’s San Francisco studio. Kira is co-author, with Lance Hosey, of Women in Green: Voices of Sustainable Design (Ecotone Publishing). She writes for Sustainable Industries, Metropolis magazine, and other publications.