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Allison Grace Williams, FAIA

Architect Allison Grace Williams FAIA, has amassed an international portfolio of large scale civic, cultural and research facilities. While in practice at SOM, Perkins+Will and AECOM, Williams’ inventive instincts and interdisciplinary design leadership generated award-winning buildings that bridge culture, technology and the environment and that convey the values and traditions of their audience and place.


Her most successful projects and the work of the organizations and institutions with whom she collaborates are in huge part, a commentary on the order of priority they place on the relevant issues of our time. They are reflective of their sponsor's concern for sustainable environments and for inclusive, equitable and socially just outcomes. They also demonstrate a level of tolerance for innovation, risk-taking  and doing good, in the hierarchy of other competing business factors.

Williams established AGWms_studio in 2017. It is built on her history as a respected team leader who enlists the power of ideas and design thinking as creative tools in mission-strategic problem solving. Her clients have included corporations, institutions and other design professionals at critical moments in their creative process, defining issues, articulating and prioritizing choices, filtering and consolidating ideas. Williams partners with them to imagine impactful concepts and synergistic design solutions as their narrative toward shaping a positive future.


In addition to design consulting and pro bono efforts, Williams is an adjunct lecturer at Stanford University, a frequent keynote speaker, and academic lecturer, in a tapestry of continued design practice. Most recently she delivered the keynote address at the 2019 NOMA Conference in Brooklyn NY, served as a juror for the AIA's Committee on The Environment, 2019 COTE Top Ten Design Awards and juried The 2019 Architecture at Zero Design Competition. 


In 2018, Williams was awarded The Norma Sklarek Award in Architecture by the AIACC (AIACC - 2018 Norma Sklarek Award).

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