In this 25-minute podcast interview, we meet Matthew Coates, the local architect of the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, and learn about the passion he developed for nature and green building from his early childhood.
Before “sustainable" was a buzzword; before anyone had thought of "building green," a young Matthew Coates was growing up on a pristine lake in northern Michigan. Over time, as the lake became a popular vacation spot and more people built bigger and bigger houses and brought their motorboats, Matthew saw first-hand the devastating impact of development and pollution on the water and the surrounding woods. Intuitively understanding the fragility of the environment from an early age, he became passionate about protecting the beauty of nature, and embarked upon a career which would allow him to pursue that passion.
He has been winning awards for his sustainable designs since graduate school, achieving international acclaim in 2005 by winning the "Cradle to Cradle (C2C)" Home