William McDonough is an American architect and founding principal of William McDonough + Partners. His career is focused on designing environmentally sustainable buildings and transforming industrial manufacturing processes, with the twin goals of eliminating pollution and increasing the profits of his clients.
In 1981 McDonough founded his practice, and his first major commission was the 1984 Environmental Defense Fund Headquarters. A number of large corporate projects for The Gap, Nike, and Herman Miller, which focused on both a financial and environmental standpoint, led to his commission for a 20 year, US$2 billion environmental re-engineering of the Ford Motor Company’s legendary River Rouge Plant in Dearborn, Michigan
In 1996 McDonough became the first and only individual recipient of the Presidential Award for Sustainable Development. In 1999 “Time” called him “Hero for the Planet”. He received a National Design Award from the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in 2004.
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