Principal Emeritus and Firm Advisor
Nationally-recognized as a pioneer of sustainable architecture, Bill Maclay has been practicing in the Mad River Valley for over 50 years. With trailblazing projects throughout Vermont and the Northeast (e.g. Aiken Building at UVM, Coastal Maine Environmental Learning Center, Putney School Fieldhouse) Bill helped set the standard for ecological design and continued to innovate throughout his career. As his attention turns to a new book project on architectural design as well as an update of his definitive book, The New Net Zero – Leading-Edge Design and Construction of Homes and Buildings for a Renewable Energy Future, Bill carefully chose VIA as the caretaker of his staff and clients going forward. He continues to act as mentor, collaborator, and advisor to Vermont Integrated Architecture.
Bill is an innovator, leader, speaker, and advocate for ecological design and renewably powered buildings, communities, and planet. For nearly fifty years, Bill brings commitment, expertise, and experience in working with others to create healthy, productive, regenerative, and beautiful places for the benefit of people and living systems. Bill combines his passion to create inspiring and innovative buildings with a passion for exploring design that embodies the purpose and vision of others.
Bill sees every project at every scale, budget, and aspiration, as a model project—an opportunity to demonstrate the best future we can offer—to find new ways to create a future that is productive, satisfying, healthy, empowering, and inspiring.
Bill has served on numerous boards, including the Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility, Yestermorrow Design Build School, AIA VT as president, and local planning boards. Bill and Maclay Architects have received much recognition with certifications, awards, speaking, writing, videos, and Fellowship in the AIA. He is grateful and indebted to the many collaborators he has been fortunate enough to work with—including, clients, members of his office team, consultants, builders, fellow leaders in ecological design, and the large community of people who are working for a better world and future.
Bill lives in Warren with his wife and occasional visits of his two sons. He enjoys biking, cross country skiing, and experiencing the wonder, beauty, and ebb and flow of environment and nature in Vermont and on Cape Cod.