November 6, 2012

The strategic sustainability planning studio of Ayers Saint Gross is collaborating with the Office of Mayor Vincent Gray, the DC Office of Planning (OP), the District Department of the Environment (DDOE), a team of leading consultants, and numerous interested citizens and resident experts, to make Washington, D.C., the healthiest, greenest, and most livable city in the U.S.

In April 2012, this team released A Vision for a Sustainable DC, the initial public draft of the District's coordinated environmental, social, and economic goals for 2032. Since then, it has been working to develop the specifics of this Vision, and to craft a deeper and more specific plan. Peter Dougherty of Ayers Saint Gross discussed this project and process in the context of Washington, D.C., and the emerging practice of strategic sustainability planning.

Peter Dougherty

Peter Dougherty

Peter Dougherty is a senior associate with the Washington D.C., office of Ayers Saint Gross, a design firm of 140 people with planning, landscape, and architecture clients around the world. A licensed architect with a background in urban-scale and cultural/educational design work, Dougherty is helping to develop and co-lead Ayers Saint Gross's emerging practice in strategic systems and sustainability planning. He heads the consultant team for Sustainable DC, the interagency effort to research and develop the Vision for a Sustainable DC. Dougherty received a Master of Architecture degree from the Harvard Design School, and a B.A. from Middlebury College. He has served as a visiting design juror and faculty member at schools including Princeton University, Virginia Tech, Catholic University, and IIT. Prior to joining Ayers Saint Gross, he worked in Basel, Switzerland with the design firm of Herzog and de Meuron, winners of the 2001 Pritzker Prize for Architecture.