MS, Columbia University; BArch, Boston Architectural Center; BS in Structural Engineering, Northeastern University
Paul J. Donnelly, FAIA, PE, LEED AP, is a registered architect and registered professional engineer. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects College of Fellows, the American Society of Civil Engineers, and the national civil engineering honor society, Chi Epsilon. He is a LEED Accredited Professional and a member of the U.S. Green Building Council.
Paul J. Donnelly is the Rebecca & John Voyles Professor of Architecture at Washington University. He was a founding faculty member in the School of Architecture at Roger Williams University, and has been a visiting professor and visiting scholar in the Department of Architecture at MIT, where he worked with the design faculty, the Media Lab, and the Building Technology Group. He was recently honored as an American Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) Distinguished Professor.
Professor Donnelly has been the recipient of numerous awards from the ACSA and AIA for innovation in teaching and emerging technology integration, his primary research focus. His work has been exhibited in the United States, Canada, and Japan and been published in magazines including Architectural Record, Progressive Architecture, Architecture, The Architects' Journal and Shinkenchiku (The Japan Architect, Japanese Edition). In 2007, his program of practiced-based research at Washington University received the NCARB Prize for its effectiveness in bridging between the academy and professional practice. He has been the recipient of two McDonnell International Scholars Academy grants for his research proposals: "Phase Change Materials in Contemporary Architectural Enclosures" and "Reducing Energy Demand in Commercial Buildings: Balancing Convection and Radiation." In 2008, his research was presented at MIT's MassImpact Symposium and the McDonnell Academy's 2nd International Symposium on Energy and the Environment in Hong Kong.
Paul J. Donnelly has been actively involved in design competitions focusing of emerging technologies related to sustainability and architectural design. Professors Andrew Scott, RIBA (MIT), and Paul Donnelly were awarded a First Place Design Citation in the Building Integrated Photovoltaics Competition sponsored by the AIA Research Foundation and the U.S. Department of Energy. Their project was published extensively throughout the United States and Europe as a model of technological innovation and sustainable contemporary architecture. It was exhibited at the AIA National Convention, the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, and at other locations around the country. In the fall of 2006, Paul J. Donnelly and associate professor Sung Ho Kim were awarded a St. Louis AIA Unbuilt Design Award for their design proposal for an innovative hotel in Moscow, Russia.
Paul J. Donnelly maintains his own practice, Paul J. Donnelly Architecture + Engineering LLC in Boston, MA. He has extensive experience related to a broad range of building types and has maintained his own practice for over twenty years. He served as a vice president in HOK's office in St. Louis, while working as a design architect, a member of HOK's Design Leadership Team, and the Architect for Advanced Technologies. At HOK, he worked on projects across the globe, including the King Abdullah University of Science & Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia and the Central Monetary Authority (CMA) Tower in Riyadh.
Alexandra Mei, BDes15 in Architecture, discusses her involvement with the Women in Architecture symposium and her post-graduation plans to explore design's potential to address questions of social and environmental equity in this Q&A.