McDonough ’73, Leader in Sustainability, Returns to Dartmouth



William McDonough ’73, innovative architect, author, and consultant, is the next speaker in the “Leading Voices in Energy, Sustainability, and Security” series.

Every year, the summer series accompanies a course for sophomores, who spend the term at Dartmouth. The students meet with the speakers prior to the lectures. This year’s course is taught by Andrew Friedland, the Richard and Jane Pearl Professor in Environmental Studies.


William McDonough ’73 is an award-winning sustainable architect and author. (Photo courtesy of William McDonough)

“Bill McDonough is one of the leaders—perhaps the leader—in energy and materials-efficient sustainable design,” says Friedland. “I’m delighted that my students and the Dartmouth community get to hear his latest thoughts on this important topic.”

McDonough, whom TIME magazine called one of the “heroes of the environment,” is a co-author of the book The Upcycle: Beyond Sustainability—Designing for Abundance.

The book’s title is also the title of McDonough’s lecture at Dartmouth, which begins at 4 p.m. on August 8 in Moore Hall’s Filene Auditorium.

A graduate of the Yale University School of Architecture, McDonough has been at the forefront of sustainable architectural design for years. He received the Presidential Award for Sustainable Development in 1996, a National Design Award in 2004, and was named designer of the year by Interiors magazine in 1999. In 2002, McDonough co-authored the book Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things. He has also served as dean of the University of Virginia School of Architecture.

The “Leading Voices” series started in 2011. The first series, “Leading Voices in Politics and Policy,” brought national political figures, presidential candidates, and policymakers to campus. Last summer’s “Leading Voices in U.S. Foreign Policy” included talks with a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, a former Defense Department official, and a retired Navy admiral. The “Leading Voices in Higher Education” series, part of the strategic planning process, featured visits from prominent figures in higher education and concluded this spring.

Keith Chapman