William McDonough + Partners

William McDonough + Partners is an award-winning architecture firm, and a pioneer in the sustainable design movement.

NASA Sustainability Base
photo: NASA’s first space station on earth, Sustainability Base, designed by William McDonough + Partners

William McDonough + Partners

William McDonough + Partners is a design firm that executes a diverse, international array of projects from studios in Charlottesville, Virginia, and San Francisco, California. The firm is made up of architects, planners, and leaders in sustainable design; all of our designs integrate environmentally-intelligent strategies. The team practices a positive, principled design approach that draws inspiration from living systems and processes. At its heart, this unique approach celebrates the abundance of nature.

Founded by William McDonough in New York in 1981, the practice was relocated to Charlottesville, Virginia in 1994, when McDonough became Dean of the School of Architecture at the University of Virginia. The firm’s partners collaborate closely with McDonough to bring his design concepts into reality. In the process, we have created pioneering architecture and community designs that consider the long-term consequences of design. Among the practice’s diverse achievements are several recognized landmarks of the sustainability movement: the Herman Miller “GreenHouse” Factory and Offices; Gap, Inc.’s Corporate Campus (now home to You Tube); the Adam Joseph Lewis Center for Environmental Studies at Oberlin College; the Ford Rouge Revitalization, and Sustainability Base: NASA’s first space station on earth.

Working closely with Bill McDonough and his team was inspirational and extremely beneficial. The collaborative process yielded a highly sustainable and beautiful design—optimized for building performance and representative of our values.”

Steve Zornetzer, Associate Director, NASA Ames Research Center

We have doubled our productivity in this space in the last five years, which means that we are producing twice as much with the same number of people.”

Bill Bundy, Vice President, Herman Miller

Everyone is so pleased with our offices; they are beautiful and singularly responsive to our institutional goals, ethics and budgets.”

Teresa Heinz, Chairman, Heinz Family Philanthropies

Having WM+P on the UCSF Medical Center design team meant – by definition – that UCSF was serious about environmental stewardship. Through Bill McDonough’s inspiration and Dave Johnson’s practical approach, our team designed what will be one of the greenest, most healthful Medical Centers in the country.”

Cindy Lima, Executive Director, Mission Bay Hospitals Project, UCSF Medical Center


Ford Motor Co.
Procter & Gamble
Herman Miller
American University
Delta Development Group
City of Amsterdam
City of Chicago
City of San Francisco
City of Almere


Kira Gould, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP
Director of Communications
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