Bill Caplan

Bill Caplan

New York, NY, US



My new book "Buildings are for People: Human Ecological Design" is released, available from Amazon USA and Amazon UK. Formulating a new approach to the process of conceiving architectural design, it explores the interactions of the built environment with people and the natural environment. The book speaks to all those concerned with architecture's impact on people, our communities and our ecosystem, the state of building worldwide. More than 100 of my photographs and diagrams illustrate the concepts and methodology. Visually articulating the good and the bad, they encourage building designs that are sensitive to people, program and habitat - people-friendly and environment-friendly architecture..  

To bridge the gaps between architectural form, sustainable design and new materials, I founded ShortList_0 Design Group LLC in 2010.  This think-tank for sustainable design is dedicated to developing an integrated design process that unifies sustainable technology with architectural form.  ShortList_0 Design Group LLC generates sustainable design concepts that are achievable - for application by architects, engineers, designers and planners to the built environment.

Prior to my involvement in sustainable design and the Master of Architecture program at Pratt Institute, I created a multi-national company to research, design and manufacture high tech semiconductor sensors after graduating from Cornell University College of Engineering.  With facilities in the USA, UK, France and Germany, we contributed to a wide spectrum of design and development projects ranging from the space, defense and automotive programs to decoding the human genome, robotics and biomorphic interface - programs in the Americas, Europe, Scandinavia, Australia, Japan and China. Adapting technology to program is one of my specialties, thereby minimizing impact to the intended design.

With a Master of Architecture degree, a BS in Materials Engineering and an innovative career in research, design, development and fabrication, I combine cutting-edge high tech experience with the art of architectural design.  This merging of disciplines addresses the difficulty of "generating" energy sustainable architecture rather than "altering" uninformed design.

Dedicated to deriving new design concepts in which form emerges parametrically from site specific needs to produce and conserve energy, I specialize in guiding concept to reality.



ShortList_0 Design Group LLC, Managing Member

Founder and Managing Member

Oct 2010 - current


Pratt Institute, MArch, Master of Architecture

Cornell University - College of Engineering, Bachelor of Science in Materials Engineering

Aug 2006 - May 2009

Areas of Specialization 


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