William McDonough

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Birthday
21, 1951
Birthplace
Japan
Birth Sign
Pisces
Birthday
21, 1951 (age 68)
Birthplace
Japan

About

Eco-minded architect who designed the Ford Motor Company's River Rouge Plant and the NASA Sustainability Base. Co-wrote "Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things" and "The Upcycle: Beyond Sustainability—Designing for Abundance," both with business partner and German chemist Michael Braungart.

Before Fame

He studied at Dartmouth and Yale. He and Braungart founded McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry (MBDC), with their focus being on creating a beneficial footprint. He would become the first person to receive the Presidential Award for Sustainable Development in 1996.

Trivia

He designed 901 Cherry Ave in California, once home to Gap, Inc., before it housed YouTube.

Family Life

His family was residing in Tokyo when he was born. His father was an executive for Seagrams.

Associated With

He sought to carry on the innovative legacies of such accomplished architects as Frank Lloyd Wright.