Senior Architect | Associate Principal

Raleigh, NC


Albert McDonald is a design leader with a broad range of experience, including projects for higher education, commercial, and science and technology. He is valued by clients and design teams for his innovative ideas and design solutions. Active in the Triangle area architecture community, he is currently the president of AIA Triangle and regularly mentors architecture students and interns.

In 2018, Albert was honored with the Emerging Professional Award from AIA North Carolina, which is given in recognition of leadership within the profession by an architect who has been practicing for less than 10 years.

Throughout his career Albert has employed design competitions to sharpen his skills and knowledge, subsequently being recognized regionally, nationally and internationally for his efforts. In recent years, he has focused the educational qualities of design competitions into an initiative within Clark Nexsen called Combustion Chamber. Albert established and leads Combustion Chamber as a vehicle to foster experimentation and investigation in design of the built environment. He holds a Bachelor in Architecture with honors from NC State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from UNC Charlotte.