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Design Advisor to the Oakland A's  

New Stadium and Master Plan Development at The Howard Terminal, Oakland CA,  Overview - A's Howard Terminal

Currently retained as a design advisor to the Oakland A's in their pursuit of a new ballpark and commercial development on the 55 acre Howard Terminal site west of Jack London Square. As part of the A's Real Estate Team and with strategic interface with the architects AGWms-studio's primary involvement is reviewing and collaborating to refine the Design Guidlines for the future commercial development (office, residential, retail) planned west of the ballpark . BIG and James Corner Field Operations are providing architectural and masterplanning services.

Design Advisor to Emerald South Development Collaborative

Chicago IL,

Design Advisor working with Toni Griffin ( and local Chicago architects to explore the development potential for properties controlled by Emerald South located in South Chicago near Washington Park proximate to University of Chicago and the future site of the Obama Presidential Libraries. A preliminary charrette was held in early 2020.

Design Juror, FINAL Arcrhitecture at Zero, Design Competition - 2020 

2014 - 2020 - Design Jury Member          

Interview with Margie O'Driscoll:  Arch@Zero_Overview with Allison Williams

Each year, The Architecture at Zero competition challenge is to create a zero net energy project proposal.  The sites have ranged from UC Monterey, San Francisco State  University, Emeryville, West Oakland and to 53 acres of bayside property in Tiburon, California.

2020 will be the final year for this competition.For more information visit:

Adjunct Lecturer, Stanford University, Department of Architecture

(The Architecture Department is housed in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering)  

Periodically teaching studio courses - CEE 134 and CEE 137B (Integrated Design Studio).

2018: The Urban Mixed-Use Tower and Critical Ground Plane. The design studio concentrated on the development potential of a high-rise building on a tight, active, infill urban site in San Francisco.  Taking liberties with the zoning parameters of the site and district, we will explore the intersection of privately owed spaces, the public domain, public spaces, public access, a civic Exhibition Space, and flexible office workplaces, composed in a tall building format. Much of our emphasis will be on choreographing the ground plane and the lower register of the project as it engages the sidewalk, the pedestrian realm and the surrounding context and scale. Architecture students worked in pairs partnered with structural engineering students to collaboratively develop a parti and a conceptual structural scenario that supports and enhances the design. Examples for student work available upon request. 

West Side Residential Concept, Design + Build  

San Francisco CA - 2018 - Present

Juror, Chouteau Greenway Design Competition, St Louis

Great Rivers Greenway, along with many partners, is holding a design competition to envision the CHOUTEAU GREENWAY – a              transformational project to connect Forest Park to the Arch, with spurs north and south to connect our city’s vibrant neighborhoods,       parks, business and arts districts, employment centers, transit and dozens of cultural and educational institutions together. 

Community members, partners and designers will envision the Chouteau Greenway through a design competition. Many partners

have come together to create this opportunity to collaborate, setting Design and Community Goals for design teams to guide               the competition.  Teams from across the globe submitted their qualifications and the competition jury selected four teams

(full press release here). Explore this stage of the competition – see a list of who submitted, the four team’s proposals, the jury’s             report, etc by clicking right here. Update:  Stoss Landscape Urbanism Team selected by Chouteau Greenway Competition Jury 

Design Advisory to Prologis Real Estate Development,  San Francisco

Prologis retained AGWms_studio to provide strategic architectural design consulting and  advisory in conjunction with their development of the San Francisco Gateway project, a new industrial project to be located in Bayview.  (Architect of Record: Jackson Liles Architects).  As proposed, the  project could rise up to 115 feet in height on either side of I-280,  and yield over 1.1 million square feet of modern Production, Distribution and Repair (PDR) space plus supporting loading spaces a centralized parking structure and limited maker space. 

Visiting Committee Chair, Harvard University Graduate School of Design

Visiting Committee Chair, 2016-2018 Cycle, 2014-2016 Cycle

Visiting Committee Member 2012-2014 Cycle

A Keynote Speaker, Hopscotch Design Festival, Raleigh NC

Established in 2014, The Hopscotch Design Festival is a two day gathering of designers, thinkers, makers, and storytellers who are shaping what’s next, right now. During the festival, connections emerge among like-minded creatives and innovators, new ways of thinking about your own ideas are discovered. People explore and  learn how one can make an impact on the world we live in and be pushed to see and pursue new possibilities, reinvigorate their dreams and work. It’s an opportunity to invest in oneself.  For Williams, it was something completely different!!!! 

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The Keynote Speaker, Portland Industry Forum, Portland OR 

Portland Industry Forum – attended by hundreds of designers, engineers, contractors, product representatives and project owners, provides the design and construction community an annual informative and stimulating look at what’s new and innovative in the industry.  Williams delivered the keynote address at the Forum's speaker in March 2018.  Her talk, entitled: The Industry and the Art is available at: PortlandIndustryForum_Keynote2018

Juror,  American Institute of Architects - Chapter Design Awards

AIA COTE (Committee on the Environment) Top 10 Design Awards 2019

AIA Austin Design Awards 2019

AIA Minnesota Design Awards 2019

AIA DC Design Awards 2017

AIA Portland Design Awards 2017

Academic Lectures | Keynotes | Talks

Clemson University, School of Architecture, 2018

Mission-Driven Architectural Practice.  A joint lecture with William Leddy of LMSA, San Francisco

A 20-20-20 formatted lecture and discussion with students about practicing mission-driven, socially responsible architecture in varying formats.


Yale University 

Paul Rudolph Lecture, “Implicit Social Action”   VIDEO:  AllisonWilliams_2016Yale-RudolphLecture

Stanford University, 

AIA-Student Research Forum, “Narrative, Practice + Research”


Kansas State University, Manhattan KS

AIA Central Regional States 2016 Conference, “Architecture as Infrastructure”

Berkeley City Club Conservancy Lecture Series (BC3 @ the Julia Morgan’s City Club Building) 

Women Speak: Four Architects on Design and Urbanism

World War One Memorial, Washington DC,

U.S. World War One Centennial Commission in partnership with The Pritzker Military Museum and Library

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