William C. Donohoe, APA

William C. Donohoe, APA

Principal Emeritus

Bill Donohoe’s experience as Executive Director of the New York City Department of City Planning, Executive Vice President of the Battery Park City Authority during its most formative period, and private developer gives him a truly unique perspective into large-scale development and the public approvals process. Bill’s insights into the personal impact of large-scale planning grew out of his years with the Peace Corps in Africa. He has brought this understanding to many of the most significant planning initiatives in the City’s recent history, including the rezoning of Downtown Brooklyn, the resurgence of Rockaway Peninsula, and the rebuilding of the World Trade Center.

Projects of Note


  • University of Rhode Island, Graduate Studies in Urban Planning 1970
  • Western Michigan University, Bachelor of Arts in History, 1959
  • Carnegie Institute of Technology, Industrial Administration Program, 1957

Notable Honors and Awards

  • Outstanding Comprehensive Redevelopment Award, American Planning Association of NJ, The Peninsula At Bayonne Harbor, 2005
  • Smart Growth Awards, PSE&G, The Peninsula At Bayonne Harbor, 2005
  • Excellence in Design, Chamber of Commerce of the Borough of Queens, Arverne by the Sea
  • NY Housing Design Award, Boston Society of Architects/AIA, Arverne by-the-Sea, 2004
  • Smart Growth Award, Bayonne Local Redevelopment Authority, The Peninsula At Bayonne Harbor, 2000

Beyond the Office

  • American Planning Association, Waterfront Committee, 1992-present
  • Municipal Art Society of New York, Planning Committee, 1996-present