Dutch MacDonald

President & CEO

As president and CEO of MAYA Design, Dutch MacDonald leads a highly-skilled, interdisciplinary team that works at the intersection of complex, information-rich technology and human experience.

He previously served as the company’s chief operating officer for over 6 years. During his tenure, he established a strong track record of year-over-year growth, operational excellence, and client diversification, while also leading MAYA’s Creative Environment consulting practice.

Dutch is key in maintaining MAYA’s unique culture among a rapidly changing world, preserving the curiosity, engagement, and passion that drives employee happiness and productivity levels. As a result, the company has been recognized as a “Top Small Company to Work For in America” by Inc. Magazine, Fortune Small Business, and Entrepreneur Magazine.

Dutch spearheaded the company’s recent move to Downtown Pittsburgh. He assured that the design of the space aligned with MAYA’s creative culture, garnering awards from the Pittsburgh chapters of the American Institute of Architects and the Master Builders’ Association.

Prior to joining MAYA, Dutch practiced architecture for more than 17 years, and was vice president at EDGE Studio, one of the Pittsburgh region’s most respected and creative architectural practices. He has been featured in publications such as Dwell, Fast Company, Architectural Record, and Metropolitan Home, and has exhibited his work at the Heinz Architectural Center and Florida Atlantic University. Dutch’s video and installation work has been shown at Pittsburgh’s Mattress Factory and at CMU’s Frame Gallery.

Dutch currently serves as the immediate past president of the Pittsburgh chapter of the American Institute of Architects, and serves on the Governance Board of America Makes. He is a registered architect in both Pennsylvania and New York.


B. Arch, Carnegie Mellon University
Architectural Studies, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne
Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence, University of Pittsburgh

Outside of MAYA

You can find me sculling in a single on the Allegheny.

Quote That Inspires Me

“We are called to be architects of the future, not its victims.”
-R. Buckminster Fuller

Blog Posts

Building High-Performance Teams—Part 3: Change the Environment to Change Results
Aug 11 2016 in

An in-depth look into high-performance teams and the role environment plays in your results.

Building High-Performance Teams—Part 2: Increase and Accelerate Trust
Aug 03 2016 in

An in-depth look into high-performance teams and the need to build and accelerate trust.

Building High-Performance Teams—Part 1: Evangelize Collaboration
Jul 26 2016 in

An in-depth look into high-performance teams and the importance of collaboration.

Speaking Engagements

2014 OEDA Annual Summit
Oct 23 2014

MAYA CEO Dutch MacDonald will present at the 2014 Ohio Economic Development Association (OEDA) Annual Summit on how investing in innovative manufacturing technologies can spur economic growth.

Tiny houses, big ideas
Dec 03 2013

Architect and MAYA COO Dutch MacDonald is moderating a cityLAB brainstorming session about the small house movement in Pittsburgh.

Fujitsu Labs Tech Symposium
Jun 05 2013

MAYA COO Dutch MacDonald will be a panelist at Fujitsu’s annual tech symposium where the theme is “From Clouds to Ambient Intelligence: Technologies that will Transform the Human Experience.”


If I Knew Then...
Apr 08 2016

Dutch MacDonald sat down with Crain’s’ Pittsburgh to talk about a mistake that he made early in his career that helped shape his business philosophy.

New App Connects the World Through Stories
May 22 2015

WTAE Channel 4’s Michelle Wright discovers the power of social sharing and storytelling with the StoryCorps app.

MAYA Design Looks to the Future and the Internet of Things
Nov 26 2014

CEO and President, Dutch MacDonald, speaks to NEXTPittsburgh about the future of pervasive computing and MAYA’s approach to scaling beyond the Internet - to a world of a trillion connected devices.