The Bus Tour (which still has tickets available!) can only accommodate some of our guests, as seating is limited. Because the tour is optional, we will be playing the PBS Series “E2 Desgin: The Economics of Being Environmentally Conscious” while the Tour is going on. Narrated by our very own Make It Right Celeb, Brad Pitt, the series focuses not only on the specifics of green building, but how these practices can be used to our advantage economically as well as environmentally. Of the visionary architects to be interviewed in the series is Michael McDonough, an award-winning New York architect who has done such great work including the designing of the e-House and participating in urban planning think-tanks in New York City after the 9-11 tragedies. We are pleased to announce that Michael McDonough will be joining us as one of our featured speakers!! Michael will be speaking on Sunday afternoon following the E2 viewing.
Michael McDonough AIA, NCARB, USGBC, Hon. FIGP is an award-winning architect, industrial designer, and author who designs and consults on environmentally appropriate systems and advanced building technologies. He specializes in zero-energy/zero-carbon footprint buildings and has designed a wide range of projects including offices, airports, galleries, multi-media environments, resort buildings, multifamily residences, shops, and custom residences, as well as furniture, exhibits, and jewelry.
McDonough believes that traditional design and modern design—nature and science—can be advantageously synthesized, and that new types of buildings and a broad range of technologies will accordingly emerge. He has published over 80 articles and two books on architecture and design. Long an active artistic collaborator, he has also exhibited in museums and galleries worldwide, and worked with painters, sculptors, writers, designers, filmmakers, and scientists, notably award-winning author Tom Wolfe, industrial designer Hartmut Esslinger, lighting designer Howard Brandston, and fashion designer Steven Sprouse.
In the field of energy research McDonough has collaborated with New York State’s Energy Research and Development Authority in the development of an ACEC Diamond-award-winning zero-energy/zero carbon footprint air conditioning system, and is currently working with industry professionals on the development of advanced lighting and high-value/high-production agricultural systems.
Educated at the University of Massachusetts, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the University of Pennsylvania, and a cofounder of the experimental Bamboo Research Initiative at Rhode Island School of Design, McDonough has taught and lectured internationally. He has also designed and built e-House, a net zero-energy/zero carbon design and building science laboratory, a house the international press has termed “the most sustainable building in the world” having “the coolest rooms on the planet.”