Michael McDonough | Architech


Michael McDonough is an award-winning architect and industrial designer, and a recognized thought leader in energy efficiency and green building technology. Major projects include passenger facilities for Lufthansa Airlines in the US and Germany, corporate identity and offices for Frogdesign, Inc. in New York, Sunnyvale, Ann Arbor, and Austin, sustainable furniture collections for Atelier International, ICF, and Summit Design, exhibitions and trade fairs for a range of corporate clients; public structures; and numerous custom residential projects throughout the United States.

As a consultant McDonough helps clients capture and make use of high performance, and green building technologies, and energy efficiencies in their projects. He is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council, New York Chapter; the Building Enclosure Council/New York, American Institute of Architects/New York Chapter; and the Marbletown Environmental Conservation Commission, Marbletown, New York. He served in post-911 urban planning think tanks for Lower Manhattan, these sponsored by the Regional Planning Associate and the Pocantico Conference Center. He also works on regional development issues, and consults on green schools, green agriculture, and urban and regional planning projects.

As an educator he co-founded the International Bamboo Design Research Initiative at Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, Rhode Island; was a faculty member at Parsons School of Design at the New School and at New York University in New York; and is a faculty member at the University of Applied Sciences in Cologne, Germany. He has been a visiting critic at the Yale University, University of Pennsylvania, University of Miami, Pennsylvania State University, University of Dunedin, Catholic University, the Casa Malaparte Foundation, and numerous other schools.

As a lecturer McDonough has been a featured speaker at events in the North America, Asia, and Europe. Focusng on architecture, green technologies, design, and art, he speaks frequently at public events and educational forums including Wired NextFest, Dwell on Design, Pace University, Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, Royal Australian Institute of Architects, designEX International Seminar Series, New Zealand Forestry Research, AEC-Science and Technology Conference, Eco-Build America, and numerous American Institute of Architects events.

As a researcher McDonough developed the first line of contract bamboo furniture; holds a patent for Eco-sTuff! recycled newspaper children’s’ furniture; has developed the first line of bamboo engineered structural lumber with Smith and Fong Plyboo, Inc.; and, most recently developed an ultra-low energy geothermal dehu8nmidification and cooling system. He also maintains e-House, an ongoing building science and idea lab in upstate New York, where he works both independently and in cooperation with such organizations as New York State Energy and Research Authority (NYSERDA) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

McDonough’s work has appeared in gallery and museum shows internationally, including the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, Museum of the City of New York, New York Historical Society, Le Musée du Louvre, Holly Solomon Gallery, Gracie Mansion Gallery, White Columns Gallery, Gallery 91, Fashion Institute of Technology, Pacific Design Center, International Contemporary Furniture Fair, Grey Art Gallery, and Art et Industrie. In addition, his work is presently in the permanent collection of the Berlin Museum, Carnegie Mellon University Architectural Archive, and the Corning Museum, as well as private collections, and, most recently, in the multi-year traveling exhibition Massive Change.

McDonough has also authored over 80 articles, served contributing editor on several magazines, coauthored and contributed to numerous books, and published the essay and projects compendium Malaparte: A House Like Me (Clarkson-Potter, 1998). He has also been the subject of radio and television interviews and recently appeared in the PBS television series Design: e2: The Economics of Green Building and Sundance Channel’s series Big Ideas for a Small Planet.


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