AIA, AICP, Partner, Urban Design and Planning
Since joining SOM in 1995, Douglas Voigt has focused on complex urban plans and architectural projects. He is interested in the capacity of design to build community and connect people to one another. Voigt’s work is distinguished by a passionate appreciation for each project’s unique challenges and the need for a comprehensive and innovative response.
Voigt balances conceptual thinking with a realistic, hands-on approach. As a designer and planner, he works closely with city leaders, institutions, and developers across the globe. Although each project has its own story, a common focus on building long-term partnerships with clients and understanding their aspirations motivates his approach to design. Over the last two decades, he has been able to unite disparate stakeholders under a cohesive vision, transforming abstract ideas into physical realities.
Voigt is a strong advocate that every plan explore the social and natural systems within our larger urban ecology. He is committed to the research and synthesis of ideas that transcend best practices. This approach allows for the positioning of new ideas that holistically address the possibilities of the site, program, energy, water, waste, transportation, and air quality within the parameters of economic realities and urban design excellence, while scripting more sustainable models for high-performance infrastructure and livable communities.