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
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.