In Memory of Bill Worthen …


BIll Worthen, FAIA, LEED Fellow, GPR

We have some very sad news to share. Early the morning of January 28th, Bill Worthen, our beloved friend, colleague, and husband, went into cardiac arrest while attending a conference in Las Vegas. Life-saving efforts were unsuccessful and our dear friend Bill passed away.

This comes as a shock to all of us. We take some comfort in knowing that Bill left us a legacy of global leadership and innovation in the green building, architecture, and broader sustainability community. Urban Fabrick’s co-founder, Kyle Pickett, and the entire Urban Fabrick community are dedicated to continuing Bill’s global impact. In the coming weeks and months we will be sharing with you specific steps we all can take to contribute to this mission.

While Bill’s friends and family privately process this great loss, please feel free to reach out to Heather Gadonniex ( or Lynn Simon (

For all wanting to be a part of continuing the global impact of Bill’s work, you can sign up to receive updates and actions, or make a donation in his name at

For an overview of Bill’s career and contributions to the green building industry, read here and here.


Urban Fabrick is a building sustainability and communications consultancy with the mission to make sustainability accessible and engaging to all. We work with our clients to build better buildings and create more livable, walkable urban neighborhoods. We deliver sustainable, cost-effective building outcomes by synthesizing research, policies and technology, and guide the progress of green building certifications, net-zero energy design and climate positive development at any scale.

Our services bridge many of the professional knowledge gaps that exist between today’s business-as-usual design practices and those required to successfully realize high-performance outcomes. We help project teams to understand and navigate energy and green building codes and regulations and to design their buildings to meet or exceed applicable requirements. We apply our decades of experience in green building, design and resilience planning to help our clients make smarter decisions.

  1. I am so sad to hear this. May he continue to inspire our work and guide us form the other side. May he rest in love and peace beyond what we can know here in this time of the great turning. Sending love to his close family and friends.

  2. Kyle and everyone at UF,
    so so sorry for your loss.

  3. Sending condolences and wishing comfort to Bill’s family and to his inspired team at UF. We will miss him.

  4. Kyle and the UF Family,
    So sad to hear of your loss, our loss, the world’s loss. Condolences to Bill’s close family and friends. And yes he will continue to guide us.

  5. I first met Bill maybe 15 years ago when he was just formulating his vision. It’s been a real inspiration to see him step up as a leader as he relentlessly reached toward his goals. He touched a lot of people and his spark and humor will be missed. Please let me know if there’s anything I can do to help out while you are adapting to this new reality.

    • Thank you for your note Candice. Anyone interested in helping us advance Bill’s legacy should visit and sign up for updates.