Joe MacDonald (architect)

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OccupationJoe MacDonald (architect)_header_cell_0_1_0 Architect, Researcher and ProfessorJoe MacDonald (architect)_cell_0_1_1

Joe MacDonald is a Canadian-born American architect, researcher and professor. Joe MacDonald (architect)_sentence_0

He is most known for his work on The Bone Wall, The Water Planet and Johnson & Johnson's Olympic Games Pavilion. Joe MacDonald (architect)_sentence_1

He founded Urban A&O, a design firm in 2002 and serves as its principal. Joe MacDonald (architect)_sentence_2

MacDonald uses parametric modeling tools of CATIA-based software combined with digital fabrication processes to produce sculptural and geometrically complex forms and environments. Joe MacDonald (architect)_sentence_3

He has received several research grants and awards, including four research grants from Harvard Graduate School of Design, China's Most Successful Design Award, and Vanguard Award by Architecture Magazine. Joe MacDonald (architect)_sentence_4

Education Joe MacDonald (architect)_section_0

MacDonald completed his B.A. in architecture from University of Washington in 1987. Joe MacDonald (architect)_sentence_5

In 1992, he received his M.Arch. Joe MacDonald (architect)_sentence_6

from Harvard University after briefly studying at the Architectural Association in London under Zaha Hadid. Joe MacDonald (architect)_sentence_7

His master's thesis was titled Navigable Sites: Toronto Island Airport. Joe MacDonald (architect)_sentence_8

Career Joe MacDonald (architect)_section_1

In 2000, MacDonald joined Harvard University as an Assistant Professor. Joe MacDonald (architect)_sentence_9

In 2002, while simultaneously teaching at Harvard University, he launched Urban A&O, a boutique design firm specializing in advanced computational design work. Joe MacDonald (architect)_sentence_10

Through the firm he started working on residential, commercial and exhibition design projects. Joe MacDonald (architect)_sentence_11

MacDonald collaborated with sound artists O+A on an installation called Blue Moon. Joe MacDonald (architect)_sentence_12

As part of the installation, three tuning tubes were installed in the North Cove Harbor, which created melodies and chords in response to ambient noise on the Hudson River. Joe MacDonald (architect)_sentence_13

The sound was then played back through five cube loudspeakers. Joe MacDonald (architect)_sentence_14

Blue Moon received wide media coverage. Joe MacDonald (architect)_sentence_15

In 2004, MacDonald was promoted to Associate Professor at Harvard. Joe MacDonald (architect)_sentence_16

MacDonald designed The Bone Wall, a solo exhibition at the Storefront for Art and Architecture, in 2006. Joe MacDonald (architect)_sentence_17

The Bone Wall was sponsored by the Harvard Graduate School of Design and became of one of MacDonald's early well known works. Joe MacDonald (architect)_sentence_18

In 2006, MacDonald collaborated with Thinc to design Water Planet, a multi-media aquarium experience at California Academy of Sciences. Joe MacDonald (architect)_sentence_19

The Water Planet is shaped by an aggregate of seven walls surrounding three interactive islands. Joe MacDonald (architect)_sentence_20

The seven walls house exhibits that illustrate a variety of evolutionary adaptations of life to water. Joe MacDonald (architect)_sentence_21

MacDonald designed the fiberglass walls to resemble waves and the effect of an underwater experience. Joe MacDonald (architect)_sentence_22

Openings in these walls provide windows to various aquarium tanks. Joe MacDonald (architect)_sentence_23

ArtDaily reviewed the Water Planet and wrote that "Constructed using new technologies for computer-aided design and fabrication, the complex molded surfaces seemingly flow into one another, inviting touch and creating an immersive, watery setting." Joe MacDonald (architect)_sentence_24

In its review, the San Francisco Chronicle wrote that "when the lights are dimmed and images of kelp and underwater life are projected onto the cases, viewers get the feeling of being fully submerged." Joe MacDonald (architect)_sentence_25

In 2008, he was commissioned to design the Johnson & Johnson's Olympic Games Pavilion for the Beijing Olympics. Joe MacDonald (architect)_sentence_26

The pavilion was surrounded by a bamboo forest that sheltered its guests and housed The Caring World, an exhibition exploring how people care for each other and the world. Joe MacDonald (architect)_sentence_27

The exhibition highlighted the views of individuals through storytelling, documentary video and photo exhibition. Joe MacDonald (architect)_sentence_28

It received significant media coverage and MacDonald won China's Most Successful Design Award and LEED Gold recognition award. Joe MacDonald (architect)_sentence_29

Through his firm Urban A&O, MacDonald was the lead designer for the 400th Henry Hudson anniversary exhibition in 2009. Joe MacDonald (architect)_sentence_30

MacDonald left Harvard University in 2010. Joe MacDonald (architect)_sentence_31

While at Harvard University, he received $100,000 in Dean's Grants for Faculty Research four years consecutively. Joe MacDonald (architect)_sentence_32

His research at Harvard was focused on advanced and emerging computational developments into parametric modeling. Joe MacDonald (architect)_sentence_33

He has also received several other grants for his research on social patterns within dense urban environments. Joe MacDonald (architect)_sentence_34

MacDonald has regularly incorporated his academic research into practice, most notably in his projects, The Bone Wall and Cairo Tower. Joe MacDonald (architect)_sentence_35

MacDonald has designed urban and residential development planning projects in China and India. Joe MacDonald (architect)_sentence_36

He has also worked with Audi, General Electric and Metropolis magazine as an architect. Joe MacDonald (architect)_sentence_37

He regularly speaks at industry conferences around the world and was a speaker at TED 2006. Joe MacDonald (architect)_sentence_38

He has lectured extensively on the relationship between architecture and technology. Joe MacDonald (architect)_sentence_39

In 2010, he was recognized by Cambridge Who's Who for "demonstrating dedication, leadership and excellence in architecture and design." Joe MacDonald (architect)_sentence_40

In 2011–12, he taught briefly at Washington University in St. Louis and returned to teaching in 2017 at University of Pennsylvania. Joe MacDonald (architect)_sentence_41

Personal life Joe MacDonald (architect)_section_2

In 2008, he married Tom Hennes, the principal of New York-based design firm, Thinc. Joe MacDonald (architect)_sentence_42

They divorced in 2013. Joe MacDonald (architect)_sentence_43

Awards and honors Joe MacDonald (architect)_section_3

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  • 2009 - IDEA International Design Excellence Silver Award for Environments for the Water PlanetJoe MacDonald (architect)_item_0_0
  • 2009 - China's Most Successful Design Award for the Johnson & Johnson Olympic Pavilion in BeijingJoe MacDonald (architect)_item_0_1
  • 2008 - Architecture Magazine's Vanguard awardJoe MacDonald (architect)_item_0_2
  • 2008 - New Practices New York from the New York Chapter of the AIAJoe MacDonald (architect)_item_0_3
  • 2009 - Good Design AwardJoe MacDonald (architect)_item_0_4
  • 2009 - Archi-tech AV Award for the Water PlanetJoe MacDonald (architect)_item_0_5
  • 2009 - LEED Gold recognition award for Johnson & Johnson Olympic Pavilion in BeijingJoe MacDonald (architect)_item_0_6
  • 2009 - LEED Platinum Recognition for Water PlanetJoe MacDonald (architect)_item_0_7

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