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Joe MacDonald

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  • Architecture
  • Principal
  • Global Research & Development Leader
Joe MacDonald
  • Principal
  • Global Research & Development Leader

Joe MacDonald leads the DLR Group Research & Development Studio. He works with designers, building type experts, and discipline leaders to investigate and invent new technologies, materials, and methodologies to elevate the ability of DLR Group design teams to deliver sustainable, high performance buildings.

“I love working with the best and brightest to create remarkable design solutions for our clients.”

At DLR Group R&D is dedicated to advancing the disciplines of architecture, engineering, and interiors. Around the globe the design industry is applying new architectural processes that blur the traditional boundaries between research and practice. Joe is at the forefront of this movement, collaborating with DLR Group professionals, academia, other researchers, and a variety of industry partners to investigate the boundary of design innovation.

“I’m always looking for ways to advance our design research through collaborative invention and the power of ingenuity. We operate in a fascinating time in history where design disciplines are deeply embedded within advancements in technology and an emerging culture of creativity.”

Prior to joining DLR Group, MacDonald was founding principal of the research based firm Urban A&O in New York. He also served as an Associate Professor in the Department of Architecture at Harvard University Graduate School of Design from 2000 to 2010.