William McDonough is a globally recognized leader in sustainable design. He is an architect with William McDonough + Partners, counsels corporate and government leaders through McDonough Innovation, and created the Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Products Program through MBDC. His 2002 book, Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things is widely recognized as a seminal text of sustainability design.
McDonough has designed notable landmark buildings including Ford’s River Rouge plant in Dearborn, Michigan; Herman Miller’s GreenHouse factory in Holland, Michigan; Nike’s European headquarters in Hilversum, The Netherlands; and YouTube’s headquarters in Silicon Valley, California.
His academic history includes professorships at Stanford University and Cornell University and he was Dean of the School of Architecture at the University of Virginia from 1994-1999.
Time magazine recognized him as a “Hero for the Planet,” noting: “His utopianism is grounded in a unified philosophy that—in demonstrable and practical ways—is changing the design of the world.” In 2019, Fortune Magazine named him one of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders.