Welcome to the world of William McDonough

Welcome to the world of William McDonough

Architect, 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.

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Writings

The Upcycle: Beyond Sustainability—Designing for Abundance (2013)

The Upcycle: Beyond Sustainability—Designing for Abundance is the eagerly awaited follow-up to Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things, the 2002 book that is widely acknowledged as a seminal text of the sustainability movement.
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Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things (2002)

Published in 2002, Cradle to Cradle is widely acknowledged a one of the most important environmental manifestos of our time.
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The Hannover Principles: Design for Sustainability (1992)

Prepared in 1992 by William McDonough Architects and Dr. Michael Braungart; commissioned by the City of Hannover, Germany, as design principles for Expo 2000, The World’s Fair.
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Fashion is a Verb (2015)

Foreword by William McDonough for Sustainable Fashion: What’s Next, 2nd Edition
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Investing in Innovation for the Common Good (2015)

An appreciation and sharing of Thomas F. Darden’s speech on low energy nuclear reaction at The 19th International Conference on Condensed Matter Nuclear Science, Padua, Italy, April 13, 2015
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Building for a Better World and Making People Smile (2014)

Newsweek asked William McDonough and Coert Zachariasse to discuss their Park 20|20 project, and why it might be seen as a model for similar environmental design all over the world.
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Building Cities that Celebrate Life (2014)

ASU Global Institute of Sustainability News, Thought Leader Series
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Clean Machine (2014)

Published by Huffington Post, September 10, 2014
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Climate change and circular economy take centre stage at Davos (2014)

After leading a design and sustainability workshop at this year's World Economic Forum, William McDonough reflects on why he is hopeful for sustainable change
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Designing cities and factories with urban agriculture in mind (2014)

The Netherlands offers inspiration for designers looking to create environments that harvest water, energy and nutrients
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Foreword: Second Nature Urban Agriculture (2014)

Foreword written by William McDonough for Second Nature Urban Agriculture: Designing Productive Cities (eds. Andre Vilijoen & Katrin Bohn, published by Routledge, 2014)
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The Future of Small-Scale Wind Power (2014)

Wind power is one renewable energy source that’s fixing its flaws and being used for small-scale production.
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Driving sustainable transformation via the power of design (2013)

Inspiring goals, combined with good design, can help companies do more good, instead of just less bad, argues William McDonough
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Earth Days (2013)

Written by William McDonough and Wendy Schmidt in honor of Earth Day 2013
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‘Upcycling’ business: honouring nature while meeting society’s needs (2013)

A new fellowship seeks to bring young designers and engineers together to reinvent the economy with a sustainable philosophy
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Let’s save ‘endangered technical species’ (2013)

Excerpted from The Upcycle: Beyond Sustainability—Designing for Abundance by William McDonough and Michael Braungart
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The 1.4 billion pound pet-stained global menace (2013)

Excerpt from The Upcycle, published on CNBC, August 6, 2013
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A 21st Century View of Architectural Graphic Standards (2005)

Foreword: Architectural Graphic Standards
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Foreword: The Natural Advantage of Nations (2004)

Foreword by William McDonough for The Natural Advantage of Nations: Business Opportunities, Innovations and Governance in the 21st Century by Karlson Hargroves and Michael Harrison Smith
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The Elephant in the Living Room (2004)

How Addressing the Trade Deficit Can Re-Invigorate American Industry
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The Cradle-to-Cradle Alternative (2004)

Imagine a world in which all the things we make, use, and consume provide nutrition for nature and industry—a world in which growth is good and human activity generates a delightful, restorative ecological footprint.
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A New Era for Manufacturing (2004)

The reopening of the Ford River Rouge plant as the Ford Rouge Center, and its availability for public tours, represents more than just the rebirth of a cultural opportunity in Detroit; it hearkens a sea change in the future of manufacturing in America, and indeed, throughout the world.
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A Field of Dreams (2003)

Green Roofs, Ecological Design and the Future of Urbanism
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Address to the Woods Hole Symposium (2003)

July 2003
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Between Technology and Culture (2003)

Building a Framework for the Biotech Debate
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Celebrating Human Artifice (2003)

Design is the fundamental shaping of the human world, an essential aspect of culture.
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Foreword to the Chinese Edition of Cradle to Cradle (2003)

by William McDonough and Michael Braungart
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Foreword: Leading Change Toward Sustainability (2003)

William McDonough's foreward to the book by Bob Doppelt.
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From Principles to Practices (2003)

Written for The Hannover Principles 10th Anniversary Edition by William McDonough & Michael Braungart
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Principles, Practices and Sustainable Design (2003)

Toward a New Context for Building Codes, by William McDonough
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Regulation and Re-design (2003)

Tapping Innovation and Creativity to Preserve the Commons, by William McDonough and Michael Braungart
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Something Lived, Something Dreamed (2003)

Urban Design & the American West by William McDonough
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Toward a 21st Century Renaissance (2003)

Education, Design and a Hopeful Human Prospect, by William McDonough
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Toward a Future of Energy Effectiveness (2003)

As more and more evidence suggests that the traditional ways of doing business may not be sustainable over the long term, many of today’s leading industrialists are practicing a curious maneuver; they are trying to put the brakes on without taking their foot off the accelerator.
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Toward a Sustaining Architecture for the 21st Century (2003)

The Promise of Cradle-to-Cradle Design, by William McDonough & Michael Braungart
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A Building Like a Tree, a Campus Like a Forest (2002)

Sustainable Design, Ecological Literacy, and the Legacy of the New England Campus
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A New Geography of Hope (2002)

Landscape, Design, and the Renewal of Ecological Intelligence
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Beyond the Triple Bottom Line (2002)

A New Standard for 21st Century Commerce
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Buildings Like Trees, Cities Like Forests (2002)

©2002 William McDonough & Michael Braungart, The Catalog of the Future, Pearson Press
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Dear Conscious Choice (2002)

A letter from William McDonough
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Design for the Triple Top Line (2002)

New Tools for Sustainable Commerce
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How Much Can I Give for What I Get? (2002)

It’s a question with transformative power. Used as a tool to drive design it can generate a dynamic field of economic inquiry and a new direction for business.
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Redefining Green (2002)

A New Definition of Quality Empowers the Next Wave of Design
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The Guardian Reborn (2002)

A New Government Role in Environmental Protection
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The Living City (2002)

Nature, Design and the Greening of Chicago by William McDonough
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Waging Peace With Intelligent Design (2002)

In early October 2002, The New York Times reported that the United States was preparing to launch a $94 million counter-insurgency program to help the Columbian military protect a 500-mile oil pipeline...
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Beyond Efficiency (2001)

Adapted from Cradle to Cradle, a new book by William McDonough and Michael Braungart, forthcoming from North Point Press.
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Hope and Human Enterprise (2001)

A Statement of Purpose for the China-U.S. Center for Sustainable Development by William McDonough
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The Extravagant Gesture (2001)

Nature, Design, and the Transformation of Human Industry
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A Boat for Thoreau (1997)

A Discourse on Ecology, Ethics, and the Making of Things, By William McDonough
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A Centennial Sermon: Design, Ecology, Ethics and the Making of Things (1993)

Delivered by William McDonough at The Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York City February 7, 1993
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Milestones

04/21/2016
Ambassador J. William Middendorf ll Award

William McDonough receives the Ambassador J. William Middendorf ll award from the Netherland-America Foundation

04/13/2016
ICEhouse is reassembled in the Netherlands

The ‪ICEhouse™ (ICE = Innovation for the Circular Economy) was‪ reassembled at the ‪Circular EXPO at The Valley, the Netherlands’ national hotspot for the ‪circular economy. The reusable building was first assembled in Davos in January 2016 for the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting, where William McDonough is the Chair of the Meta-Council for the Circular Economy.

03/10/2016
Hero Global Center for Innovation and Technology Opens

Hero MotoCorp, the world’s largest manufacturer of two-wheeled vehicles, celebrated the opening of its new research and development campus in Jaipur, India, designed by William McDonough + Partners.

01/18/2016
ICEhouse is unveiled in Davos

William McDonough + Partners and McDonough Innovation showcased a new structure in Davos in conjunction with the 2016 World Economic Forum annual meeting. ICEhouse™ (Innovation for the Circular Economy house) was designed to demonstrate the positive design framework described in Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things, the sustainable development goals of the United Nations, and the reuse of resources implicit in the circular economy.

05/14/2015
National Wildlife Federation Conservation Award

William McDonough received the J.N. “Ding” Darling Conservation Award from The National Wildlife Federation (NWF).

04/28/2015
Method Southside Soapbox Grand Opening in Chicago

Designed by William McDonough + Partners, the facility is the first LEED Platinum manufacturing facility in the cleaning product sector, and features the world's largest roof greenhouse.

04/18/2015
William McDonough speaks on the National Mall for Earth Day

William McDonough announced a new design effort at Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day, the 45th anniversary of Earth Day, held at the Washington Monument Grounds on the National Mall.

10/22/2014
Hero MotoCorp’s Garden Factory in Neemrana opens

Hero MotoCorp's Garden Factory, designed by William McDonough + Partners, opens in Neemrana, India.

09/10/2014
World Economic Forum, China

William McDonough delivers a key speech, “Resource Abundance by Design,” at the eighth Annual Meeting of the New Champions, convened by the World Economic Forum in Tianjin, China.

01/22/2014
World Economic Forum, Davos

McDonough speaks at the World Economic Forum about the circular economy and Cradle to Cradle, and is named Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Circular Economy.

01/08/2014
United Nations’ Sustainable Development Working Group

McDonough presents at the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Working Group

09/18/2013
Rachel Carson Environmental Award

William McDonough receives the Rachel Carson Environmental Award from the Natural Products Association.

05/22/2013
FIFPro world headquarters opens at Park 20|20

FIFPro’s new headquarters, designed by William McDonough + Partners, opens at Park 20|20, the first Cradle to Cradle inspired development in the Netherlands, designed and master planned by William McDonough + Partners.

04/16/2013
The Upcycle: Beyond Sustainability—Designing for Abundance is released

by William McDonough and Michael Braungart, The Upcycle draws on a decade of lessons in putting Cradle to Cradle concepts into practice.

11/16/2012
William McDonough gives Closing Plenary at Greenbuild

William McDonough speaks at the 2012 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in San Francisco, California.

11/15/2012
Stanford University Libraries acquire the archives of William McDonough

William McDonough and Stanford University Libraries announce that they will create a comprehensive, real-time approach to archiving the McDonough collections.

11/15/2012
William McDonough Day

Mayor Lee of San Francisco declares November 15, 2012, William McDonough Day.

04/26/2012
NASA Sustainability Base grand opening

Sustainability Base, NASA's first space station on earth, designed by William McDonough + Partners, opens at Moffett Field, California.

11/11/2011
Bosch Siemens is the first building to open at Park 20|20

Bosch Siemens Hausgeräte (B/S/H/) brings five of the top brands in household appliances together under one roof in the first building completed at Park 20|20, The Netherland’s first Cradle to Cradle®-inspired development.

06/09/2011
Cradle to Cradle Day

Ed Lee, Mayor of San Francisco, declares June 9, 2011, Cradle to Cradle Day.

05/21/2010
The non profit Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute is established

William McDonough and Michael Braungart announce the formation of the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute.

05/07/2009
McDonough is awarded the Rockwool Prize from the Danish Architecture Center

11/19/2008
McDonough keynotes the U.S. Green Building Council’s Greenbuild International Conference and Expo

06/08/2008
McDonough keynotes the AIA National Convention

04/30/2008
“Industrial Revolution Take Two,” a profile of McDonough, is published in Vanity Fair

Why can’t a building be as eco-friendly as a tree? What if the concept of waste didn’t exist? Having collaborated with such giants as Google, nasa, Ford, and Wal-Mart with his “Cradle to Cradle” philosophy, architect William McDonough wants to usher in a new Industrial Revolution. No sacrifices necessary, just smart design.

01/01/2008
Esquire magazine publishes “The Future of Design: Design for Living,” by McDonough

01/01/2008
McDonough becomes an International Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects and an honorary member of ASLA

01/01/2008
U.S. EPA awards McDonough the 21st Century Visionary Science Leadership Award

06/01/2007
McDonough co-founds the Make It Right Foundation with Brad Pitt

In 2007, following the devastation from Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, Make It Right was founded by Brad Pitt with William McDonough to build healthy homes, buildings, and communities for people in need.

10/15/2004
National Design Award

McDonough receives the National Design Award for outstanding achievement in environmental design.

07/13/2004
U.S. EPA Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award

McDonough receives the U.S. EPA Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award from President George W. Bush for his work with Shaw Industries.

10/23/2003
Benjamin Botwinick Prize for Ethical Practice in the Professions

McDonough is awarded the Benjamin Botwinick Prize for Ethical Practice in the Professions from Columbia University Business School.

04/22/2002
Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things is published

Architect William McDonough and chemist Michael Braungart present an integration of design and science that provides enduring benefits for society from safe materials, water and energy in circular economies and eliminates the concept of waste.

01/01/2002
The Adam Joseph Lewis Center for Environmental Studies at Oberlin College opens

Described by The New York Times as ‘the most remarkable of a new generation of college buildings” and by the U.S. Department of Energy as one of the 30 ‘milestone’ buildings of the 20th century, William McDonough + Partner’s design for The Lewis Center aspires to be as bountiful and effective as a tree.

01/01/2001
McDonough receives I.D. Forty Design Award from I.D. magazine

01/01/2000
Ford Rouge revitalization and landscape master plan is completed

The restoration of the Ford Rouge Center transformed the historic manufacturing complex into a model of 21st Century industrial sustainability.

10/01/1998
The Atlantic publishes “The NEXT Industrial Revolution” by McDonough with Michael Braungart

"Eco-efficiency," the current industrial buzzword, will neither save the environment nor foster ingenuity and productivity, the authors say. They propose a new approach that aims to solve rather than alleviate the problems that industry makes.

01/01/1997
McDonough becomes a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects

01/01/1997
Gap’s new headquarters opens (currently home to YouTube)

Designed by William McDonough + Partnesr as a build-to-suit for Gap Inc, 901 Cherry is now the home of YouTube LLC, illustrating that a building design as a flexible and adaptable organism can successfully adapt to new user groups.

01/01/1996
McDonough becomes the first and only individual to receive the U.S. Presidential Award for Sustainable Development

01/01/1995
01/01/1995
Herman Miller’s Greenhouse opens

Designed by William McDonough + Partners, the Herman Miller “GreenHouse” office and manufacturing facility has become a case study in how a sustaining approach can enhance the physical and mental health of its occupants—not to mention corporate productivity and profits.

08/01/1994
William McDonough is Dean of the School of Architecture at the University of Virginia

McDonough becomes Dean of the School of Architecture and Edward E. Elson Professor of Architecture at the University of Virginia (1994-1999). William McDonough + Partners moves to Charlottesville, Virginia.

01/01/1993
McDonough becomes a charter member of the U.S. Green Building Council

01/01/1993
McDonough is appointed Special Advisor to President Clinton (1993-1996) and the Presidential Council of Sustainable Development

06/03/1992
McDonough is the official representative of the American Institute of Architects at the Earth Summits in Rio de Janeiro and New York

01/01/1992
William McDonough Architects authors “The Hannover Principles: Design for Sustainability”

Prepared in 1992 by William McDonough Architects and Dr. Michael Braungart; commissioned by the City of Hannover, Germany, as design principles for Expo 2000, The World’s Fair.

01/01/1989
McDonough is a founding member of the American Institute of Architects Committee on the Environment

01/01/1984
McDonough designs the first “green office” in New York, for the Environmental Defense Fund

01/01/1981
McDonough establishes his architecture firm in New York

Dedicating his practice to design that is native to place. “A building like a tree, and a city like a forest,” he says. “Why not?”

01/01/1976
While a graduate student at Yale, William McDonough builds the first solar heated house in Ireland

05/05/1973
William McDonough graduates from Dartmouth College

William McDonough graduates magna cum laude from Dartmouth College with an A.B. in Visual Arts and is elected to Phi Beta Kappa

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