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Bill McDonough tells Forbes.com about our latest work

Bill McDonough recently sat down for a chat with Forbes.com editor, Kerry Dolan, to talk about some of the latest William McDonough + Partner projects, including the VMware Corporate Campus, completed last year, and the design for a new building for European pharmaceutical company, Ferrer, in Barcelona. Check out the video of that interview.

Kira Gould presents at the Commonwealth Club of California

Our director of communications, Kira Gould, who is also co-author of Women in Green: Voices of Sustainable Design, presented at the Commonwealth Club of California in San Francisco on August 16, leading a panel about Women Changing the Way We Eat, which included Temra Costa, author of Farmer Jane: Women Changing the Way We Eat; Nina Simons, co-founder/CEO of Bioneers/Cultural Heritage Institute; and Jesse Ziff Cool, cook, restaurant owner, cookbook author, and sustainable food advocate. …

David Johnson presents NASA Sustainability Base at AIA San Francisco

On August 10, architect and William McDonough + Partners leader David Johnson presented with Susan Ubbelohde of Loisos+Ubbelohde at the AIA San Francisco COTE forum on Net Zero buildings. They shared the design of the NASA Sustainability Base project at Ames Research Center (now under construction). William McDonough + Partners was design architect, working with architect of record AECOM, and with Loisos+Ubbelohde on daylight and energy analysis and design. For more about this facility, one …

NASA Sustainability Base featured on Autodesk site

William McDonough + Partners, AECOM, and Swinerton Builders use Autodesk software to help develop NASA Ames Research Center’s new Sustainability Base, one of the federal system’s greenest facilities. Autodesk story on BIM collaboration at NASA Sustainability Base project summary: The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Ames Research Center at Moffett Field, in the heart of California’s Silicon Valley, conducts critical research and development for the space agency, with a primary focus on supercomputing, networking, …

McDonough + Partners directors present at DesignDC

This week, two of our architects, Alastair Reilly and Katherine Grove, who are both directors, gave presentations at DesignDC, the annual conference of the American Institute of Architects Washington DC chapter. Reilly presented “Designing a High-Performance Office Building for NASA Ames,” which focused on our NASA Sustainability Base project (which is under construction). Grove presented “Inspiring Students to Dream: American University’s School of International Service” with James Thompson of Quinn Evans Architects, our architect of …

Bill McDonough on Cradle to Cradle: a Q&A with Forbes.com

Our founder, Bill McDonough, recently spoke with Forbes Technology Editor Kerry Dolan about sustainability and the future, through the lens of the Cradle to Cradle thinking that Bill developed with German chemist Michael Braungart. Forbes.com Q&A

Jose Atienza serves as One Good Chair judge this week in Vegas

William McDonough + Partners’ designer Jose Atienza, Assoc. AIA, is in Las Vegas this week, where he is serving on a distinguished jury for the One Good Chair competition. This program is sponsored by the Sustainable Furnishings Council and run by architect/author Lance Hosey. This week, finalists will be announced as part of a panel discussion with the jury, which includes, in addition to Atienza, Toby Israel, Antonio Larosa, and Andrea Mangini (with Hosey moderating). …

Oberlin’s Lewis Center tops Architect magazine’s “G-list”

Perhaps you saw the Vanity Fair list of “greatest buildings of the last 30 years.” 52 of the 90 people they surveyed produced a list topped by the Bilbao Guggenheim. Conspicuously absent? Buildings known for their sustainable / green / high performance characteristics (even though some architects with green cred made the list). In response to this survey, architect Lance Hosey, who writes a column and blog for Architect magazine, launched a survey of green …