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Allison Grace Williams

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Allison Grace Williams

Allison Grace Williams FAIA, NCARB, LEEDAP, NOMA

Allison Grace Williams amassed an international portfolio of large-scale civic, cultural and research buildings in 40 years of practice as a design leader with SOM, Perkins and Will, and AECOM. Respected for her inventive instincts and design leadership, her built work bridges culture, technology, and the environment. It is a narrative on the values and traditions of their audience and place. Notably, her work includes: The August Wilson Center (Pittsburgh, PA), The Health and Sciences Campus for Princess Abdulrahman University for Women (Saudi Arabia), CREATE (in Singapore), The US Port of Entry at Calexico (Calexico CA), a GSA Design Excellence Commission, and research laboratories at NASA Langley and NASA Ames.

In 2017 Williams founded AGWms_studio as a platform for conceptual design consulting, academic teaching and lecturing, design competitions, frequent AIA design awards juries and pro bono activities. Clients include Fair Park First Dallas (with Studio_MLA), University of Illinois, Chicago (NESB, a competition won with HDR in 2022), and The Oakland Athletics. Williams is an adjunct lecturer at Stanford, chaired Harvard GSD’s Visiting Committee and was The 2021 Esherick Distinguished Visiting Professor at UC Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design. Williams juried the 2019 COTE Top Ten Design Awards, was appointed to the 2021-2023 AIA Jury of Fellows and recently delivered the keynote address at NOMA’s National Conference in Brooklyn, NY.

Williams holds an M.Arch from UC Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design, a BA in the Practice of Art, also from Berkeley, was a Loeb Fellow at Harvard GSD and was elevated to AIA Fellowship in the AIA 1997. Williams was awarded The Norma Sklarek Award in Architecture by the AIA California Council and serves on the Board of Directors for Designing Justice Designing Spaces(DJDS).

Williams lives in San Francisco.

Updated: February 2023