Sim Van der Ryn and Buddy Williams New Principals at PR&P
PR&P is excited to announce that Sim Van der Ryn and Buddy Williams will be joining our team as Principals.
Sim Van der Ryn is a visionary, author, educator, public leader, and internationally distinguished pioneer in ecological design. For more than 40 years, Sim has been at the forefront of integrating ecological principles into the built environment, creating multi-scale solutions driven by nature's intelligence. He has served as California's first energy-conscious State Architect, authored seven influential books, and won numerous honors and awards for his leadership and innovation in architecture & planning. Sim's collaborative approach and meta-disciplinary accomplishments help show the way to an evolving planetary era that values both the integrity of ecological systems and the quality of life.
Trained as an architect with a degree from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; licenses from California and New Mexico; and certification from the National Council of Architectural Registration Board, the theme of Sim's career in design, teaching and research has been applying principles of physical and social ecology to architecture and environmental design. His regenerative design solutions create environments that are resilient to human needs, place, ecology and climate. An early innovator as California State Architect (under Gov. Jerry Brown) who introduced energy efficient design and renewable energy to California and his thirty years as a theoretician and hands-on Professor of Ecological Design at UC Berkeley, his influence on shaping the Green Architecture and Sustainable Design movement are widely recognized today.
Buddy Williams has 23 years experience on a range of projects and scales from master plans to construction document detailing, with an emphasis on environmentally friendly design. Buddy's design work reflects a knowledge of construction, environment, technology and materials with a deep commitment to social and environmental responsibility. He is comfortable working with a "hands-on" collaborative design process and is experienced working with sustainable energy, materials, water and waste systems. He has worked as an architect in Boston, San Francisco and the countries of Lesotho and England.
Sim and Buddy are no strangers to PR&P. We have previously teamed with them through The Ecological Design Collaborative on the Hopland Research and Extension Center and the Marin Farmer's Market Master Plan. We are excited to have these experts in Ecological Design joining our team. With them we plan on continuing to develop and explore new aspects of sustainable design.
Please visit our Principals Page to learn more about our new Principals.