Donnelly is both a registered architect and registered professional engineer.
He is a professor of architecture at Washington University in St. Louis
where he holds the Rebecca and John Voyles Chair in Architecture. He is
also a principal in his own architectural practice, Paul J. Donnelly Architects,
AIA, PE, in Boston, MA and St. Louis, MO. He received a Bachelor of Science
in Structural Engineering from Northeastern University, a Master
of Science in Engineering Mechanics from Columbia University
a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the Boston Architectural Center. He was also a graduate student and research assistant in structural
engineering at McGill University. He has almost twenty years of private
practice experience in his own architectural and engineering firms. He
was a visiting scholar and visiting associate professor at MIT and a professor
of architecture at Roger Williams University where he taught for ten years.
He has received awards from the ACSA and the AIA for innovation in architectural
teaching and technology integration. His work has been published and exhibited
in the U.S., Europe and Japan. His teaching and design projects have been
published in the Architectural
Record, Architecture, AIArchitect, Competitions,
Progressive Architecture, Der Architekt BDA, Archtektur
+ Wettbewerbe, Shinkenchiku (The Japan Architect - Japanese
Edition)and Building Research and Information, London, England.
He and Associate Professor Andrew Scott from MIT were awarded a First
Prize Citation in the Building Integrated Photovoltaics Competition sponsored
by the AIA Research Foundation and the U.S. Department of Energy. In 1996
this project also received a Design Citation Award in the Unbuilt Boston
Competition. The design was exhibited at the AIA Convention, the DOE Showcase
of Energy Efficient and Renewable Technologies, Atlanta, GA, the National
Renewable Energy Laboratory, Build Boston and the Cooper Hewitt National
Design Museum in New York.