sustainable design principles by Shortlist_0 Design Group consulting

Managing Member

Bill Caplan
Master of Architecture, Assoc. AIA
Bachelor of Science in Materials Engineering

To bridge the gaps between architectural form, sustainable design and new materials, Bill Caplan founded ShortList_0 LLC in 2010. Its Design Group is dedicated to developing an integrated design process unifying sustainable technology with architectural form. ShortList_0 Design Group LLC generates achievable concepts for application by architects, engineers, designers and planners to the built environment.

Prior to his involvement in sustainable design, Bill created a multi-national company to research, design and manufacture high tech semiconductor sensors after graduating from Cornell University College of Engineering. With facilities in the USA, UK, France and Germany, he contributed to a wide spectrum of projects ranging from the space program, defense and automotive design to the human genome, robotics and biomorphic interface - programs in the Americas, Europe, Scandinavia, Australia, Japan and China. Adapting technology to program is one of his specialties, thereby minimizing impact to the intended design.

With a degree in Materials Engineering and a career in research, development, innovation and fabrication, he went on to earn a Master of Architecture from Pratt Institute Graduate School of Architecture. Combining cutting-edge high tech experience with the art of architectural design, he addresses the difficulty of ‘generating’ energy sustainable architecture rather than ‘altering’ uninformed design with commercial ‘sustainability’ add-ons.

Dedicated to deriving new design concepts, in which form emerges parametrically from the requirement to produce and conserve energy, he is a unique driving force behind ShortList_0 Design Group LLC - guiding concept to reality.

Information about Bill Caplan's BOOK "Buildings are for People" is available at

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ShortList_0 Design Group is accepting inquiries for collaborations. We seek to assemble project teams and general collaborations from Licensed Architects, Engineers and Academics.

  Bill Caplan, Master of Architecture
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