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In a career spanning more than 30 years in corporate practice, Allison Williams has designed significant large-scale projects in the San Francisco Bay Area, nationally and internationally. The breadth of Ms. Williams' work spans civic, corporate and cultural facilities, places for research and education, mixed-use and high density developments.

Ms Williams' studio design leadership has influenced the work of both Skidmore Owings & Merrill (1980-1997) and Perkins+Will (1997-2012) where with consistent recognition by her professional peers, she evolved to parternship levels. Ms Williams has strategically directed design, inspired and mentored teams in hands-on collaboration, and emerged as a creative talent.
Williams was a recipient of The Loeb Fellowship at Harvard Graduate School of Design, and received both her Masters of Architecture and Bachelor of Art in the Practice of Art at the University of California, Berkeley. Williams was elevated to Fellow in the American Institute of Architects in 1997, and served on Perkins+Will Board of Directors from 2010-2012, is a member of the Harvard Design Magazine Practitioners Board and past-Chair of Public Architecture's Board of Directors. Ms. Williams lectures and serves on invited design juries frequently, notably as an active Peer Reviewer for the GSA Design Excellence Program and as a juror for the 2011 AIA National Design Awards.

 

 

Ms. Williams presented her work at The Aga Khan Design Awards Conference on Emerging Models of Planning Practice in Singapore in July. In October she led a plenary discussion on the topic of Cities as Centers of Innovation at the International Women's Forum, A Nexus of Ideas: The World's Cities held in San Francisco.

In November, Ms. Williams spoke in Boston as The Boston Society of Architects / Harvard GSD Loeb Fellowship Joint Lecturer. In addition to presenting select work, she shared an intimate perspective on individual passion and the design process in group practice. With sharp conceptual intuition, and a deep appreciation for creating place, Ms. Williams' work forges an inventive convergence of technology, sustainability and beauty and is increasingly expressive of cultural traditions, climate and relevance to local and societal values.