Writer Kira Gould, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP, is director of communications for William McDonough + Partners, and works from the firm’s San Francisco studio. 

She writes about architecture and sustainability for Metropolis, Architectural Record, The Boston Globe, and other publications. She earned a master’s degree in architecture and design criticism from Parsons School of Design. She is a member of the AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE) national Advisory Group. 

Kira and Lance Hosey co-authored COTE’s Ecology and Design, a report on ecological literacy in architecture education; they are now writing a book for Ecotone Publishing on women and the sustainable design movement.

My Design Trust fellowship was a wonderful opportunity to work as part of a team working to empower a community to shape their physical environment. I particularly enjoyed the opportunity to work collectively toward a vision of a ‘sustainable community’ that fully and deeply embraced the social, environmental, and economic elements of what sustainability is all about.

Kira Gould, 2000