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Tim McDonald

Tim McDonald is an accomplished architect, welder, carpenter, plumber, teacher, builder, Passive House Certified Consultant and father. He is President of Onion Flats, a unique development-design-build collective centered in Philadelphia which has won several national and international awards for their work focused on the mysteries, wonders and challenges of making "place" out of urban "space". With his brothers Pat and John, in conjunction with Howard Steinberg, he also formed the architecture firm Plumbob, LLC and JIG, Inc., a general contracting, construction management and Green Roof company, allowing this team to provide full design-build services for both clients and their own developments.

Tim has been an adjunct Professor of Architecture at Philadelphia University, Temple University, University of Calgary, University of Pennsylvania, and is now the 2013 Urban Practice Distinguished Visiting Critic at Catholic University in Washington, DC. His service and experience extends into his community by holding current positions in the Northern Liberties Neighbors Association Zoning Committee, the Philadelphia Sustainability Advisory Board, as well as a previous position on the Old City Civic Association Board of Directors. He is also Founder/President of FAARM, a non-profit organization dedicated solely to the exhibition of art and architecture in Philadelphia. Tim is inspired by the design of "communities" over "buildings", communities that can and should sustain themselves, economically, environmentally, culturally and playfully.


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