Architectural Research Lead

William McDonough + Partners William McDonough + Partners Employer:
Charlottesville, VA, USLocation:
Thu, Jul 18 '19Posted on:

Come join us in positively transforming the design of the built environment! William McDonough and Partners is an internationally recognized architecture, community design and consulting firm operating around the world.  Grounded in the Cradle to Cradle® philosophy developed by our founder William McDonough, our work promotes a positive vision of the future, based upon the belief that many of the environmental problems we face are, at root, design challenges.

We are currently seeking an Architectural Research Lead to support our work in integrating Cradle to Cradle Design™ concepts in the built environment. Working directly with various project teams and firm leadsdship in a dynamic working environment, you will help to support, promote, evolve and continuously improve the firm’s expertise in implementing Cradle to Cradle Design strategies.

Responsibilities include the following:

  • Assist with the firm’s initiatives and projects around the integration of Cradle to Cradle-inspired design and Cradle to Cradle materials for the built environment
  • Research will include technical research, forward-thinking materials and methods research, advanced research on sustainability issues around energy, water, material, health + wellness, indoor air quality, daylighting, social fairness, circular economy etc.
  • Development of sustainability resources
  • Provide support on firmwide sustainability initiatives
  • Sustainable strategy identification and goal setting, third-party certification documentation (C2C, WELL, LEED etc), climate analysis and project performance analysis
  • Actively stay up to date with current trends and industry research related to sustainability, circular economy / design
  • Update and maintain materials database
  • Assist with specifications writing for integration of Cradle to Cradle materials
  • Communicate and coordinate with materials assessors
  • Produce effective visualizations and illustrations of concepts, content, and data for presentation to clients, public authorities and partners
  • Contribute to internal training and education
  • Support the development of tools, reports, white papers, case studies, blog posts or other related materials


  • Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in Sustainability, Environmental Design, Architecture, Interior Design or a related field
  • Minimum of 2 to 3 years of experience in the sustainability field
  • Passion for sustainable design
  • Knowledge of sustainable design strategies, material selection and technologies required
  • Concentration on sustainability during undergrad or graduate program preferred
  • Ability to work independently and on multiple tasks / projects
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent graphic presentation skills
  • Ability to present in front of large groups
  • Proficiency with BIM / Revit, Adobe Creative Suite
  • Intellectual curiosity, eagerness to engage with others, willingness to contribute to a healthy workplace culture
  • Experience with LEED, WELL, Cradle to Cradle preferred
  • LEED AP and/or WELL AP preferred
  • Experience with energy/daylighting analysis – EnergyPlus, Ladybug/Honeybee, Sefaira, Insight 360 etc

We are a values-driven company and offer an exciting and collaborative working environment with competitive salaries that are commensurate with level of experience. Additionally, we offer a comprehensive benefits package, paid holidays and vacations and professional development.

Cradle to Cradle® is a registered trademark of MBDC, LLC.


Please respond to with the subject heading WM+P RESEARCH and the following information:

  • a resume/cv
  • portfolio, writing, research, analysis, graphic samples

Files must be in PDF file format and limited to a total of 10mb or less.

Please do not send hard copies. Please also note that we are not able to respond to telephone inquiries.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. All applicants must have legal U.S. work status.

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