William McDonough

William McDonough
Founding Partner, William McDonough + Partners
Member, Board of Directors for Sustainability at ASU

William McDonough FAIA, Int. FRIBA, is a globally recognized designer, thought leader, sustainable growth pioneer—and a member of the Board of Directors for Sustainability at ASU. Mr. McDonough speaks around the country and the world on these issues, and has spoken at ASU’s Wrigley Lecture Series and the ASU Sustainability Series.

For more than 40 years Mr. McDonough has set the terms and defined the principles of the sustainability movement (through his companies: McDonough Innovation, William McDonough + Partners, and MBDC), creating its seminal buildings, products, texts, enterprises and preparing the ground for its widespread growth. Mr. McDonough is the architect of NASA’s Sustainability Base, Ford Rouge Center and other flagships of sustainable design; co-creator of Cradle to Cradle®, a global standard for the design of safe, healthy products; business strategist for leading global companies.

William McDonough is also author of The Hannover Principles: Design for Sustainability (1992), which remains a touchstone of the movement, and co-author of the widely influential Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things (2002) and The Upcycle: Beyond Sustainability—Designing for Abundance (2013). Mr. McDonough has received the Presidential Award for Sustainable Development (1996); the U.S. EPA Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award (2003); and the Smithsonian’s National Design Award (2004), for achievement in environmental design.  In 2012, Mr. McDonough began an unprecedented collaboration with Stanford University Libraries to create a “living archive” of sustainability with real-time collection of his work and communications. Time named him “Hero for the Planet” in 1999, stating that his “utopianism is grounded in a unified philosophy that—in demonstrable and practical ways—is changing the design of the world.” In 2013, Mr. McDonough began active collaborations with Waste Management and other recycling, resource, manufacturing and industrial partners to help companies design products and packaging for optimal recyclability and material health, so that all ingredients can be re-used safely by nature or industry.

ASU’s William McDonough speaking at the 2013 Waste Management Forum at the Arizona Biltmore.

William McDonough Highlights


MA, Architecture, Yale University

AB, Dartmouth