Bill Caplan

Bill Caplan

New York, NY, US



Assoc. AIA
Author of "Buildings Are for People"

"Buildings Are for People" (Libri Publishing) challenges the effectiveness of building design, critically examining our approach to 'sustainability' and the 'human interface'. It provides a methodology to use surface, shape and materiality to achieve people-friendly and environment-friendly architecture – a methodology to create synergies.

Despite the best of intentions, sustainable and human-centered design often fails to achieve the intended goal. An eye-opening resource, Buildings Are for People addresses our built environment in its reality. Following a sobering critique, the book explores design methodologies with a fresh analytical perspective and a holistic approach – utilizing surfaces, shape and materiality to achieve people- and environment-friendly design. Unique in its comprehensive approach, the book explores both the experiential aspects of built design, and how the design elements themselves can create a sustainable and people friendly interface.

Available from Amazon and other online vendors. The book speaks to all those concerned with architecture's impact on people, our communities and our ecosystem - in other words, the state of building worldwide. 122 of my photographs and diagrams illustrate the text, visually articulating the good and the bad.

After 34 years in high-tech, my career evolved from engineering to architecture. With a passion for architecture and people-friendly design, and an engineer's understanding of sustainable interactions, I devoted 10 years to reconcile the physical, sensible and operative manifestations of architecture – culminating in "Buildings are for People"

I hold a Master of Architecture from Pratt Institute's Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design, and a Materials Engineering degree from Cornell University, College of Engineering. In 2010, I established ShortList_0 Design Group LLC, a think tank for the built environment.



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

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