William McDonough is an architect and the founding principal of William McDonough + Partners, Architecture and Community Design, based in Charlottesville, Virginia.
From 1994 to 1999 he served as dean of the school of architecture at the University of Virginia.
In 1996, Mr. McDonough received the Presidential Award for Sustainable Development — the highest environmental honor given by the United States.
Michael Braungart is a chemist and the founder of the Environmental Protection Encouragement Agency (EPEA) in Hamburg, Germany.
Prior to starting EPEA, he was the director of the chemistry section for Greenpeace.
Dr. Braungart is the recipient of numerous awards, honors and fellowships from the Heinz Endowment, the W. Alton Jones Foundation and other organizations.
In 1995, the authors created McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry, a product and systems development firm assisting client companies in implementing their unique sustaining design protocol.
Their clients include Fort Motor Company, Nike, Herman Miller, BASF, DesignTex, Pendleton, Volvo and the city of Chicago.