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.
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.
He designed 901 Cherry Ave in California, once home to Gap, Inc., before it housed YouTube.
His family was residing in Tokyo when he was born. His father was an executive for Seagrams.
He sought to carry on the innovative legacies of such accomplished architects as Frank Lloyd Wright.