Doug Farr is an architect, urbanist, author, and passionate advocate for sustainable design thinking. He is the founding principal and president of Farr Associates, a Chicago-based firm that plans and designs lovable, aspirational buildings and places. Bold, brave, and scrappy in his practice, Doug has been responsible for a series of impactful “firsts,” designing the first LEED building in Chicago and the Midwest, and leading one of the inaugural national campaigns aiming to drastically reduce the country’s carbon footprint by 2050.
He co-chaired the development of the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND) and has served on the boards of urban sustainability organizations including the Congress for the New Urbanism, Bioregional, EcoDistricts, and Elevate Energy. A native Detroiter, he is an architecture graduate of the University of Michigan and Columbia University. In 2017, Planetizen readers named him one of "the 100 most influential urbanists of all time.”
Doug is the author of several books including the widely acclaimed Sustainable Urbanism: Urban Design With Nature (November 2007, Wiley) and his newest release Sustainable Nation: Urban Design Patterns for the Future (April 2018, Wiley).